Andersonville Diary

  • by John L. Ransom
  • Narrated by Adrian Cronauer
  • 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Almost 10 times as many men died in the Civil War prison camps of the North and South as were killed at the Battle of Gettysburg. One such camp was Andersonville, where Union soldiers like Brigade Quartermaster John L. Ransom of the Ninth Michigan Cavalry, were subjected to hunger, disease, cruelty, and despair. Captured in November 1863, Ransom kept his spirits and courage up enough to survive and record this compelling true account of his experiences.


Audible Editor Reviews

Andersonville Diary: A True Account is the harrowing diary of John Ransom, a 20-year-old Union soldier who was captured then detained in Andersonville, Georgia, at a Confederate prison camp.
This true story begins in the fall of 1863 when Ransom became a prisoner of war in Tennessee. In plain-spoken language and startling detail, Ransom writes unflinchingly about the unsanitary conditions of the camp that sees 140 prisoners dying daily. At other points, before eventually escaping, Ransom suffers from scurvy and starvation.
Adrian Cronauer serves up his restrained, earthy performance with a slight Southern drawl.


What the Critics Say

"It is one of the best of the many fine first-hand accounts that have come down to us from the Civil War." (Bruce Catton)
"Adrian Cronauer's reading is flawless and riveting." (Kliatt Magazine)


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Customer Reviews

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It was an awful time

While I had heard the name and knew it to be a terrible place this book gave the horrid details. Born and raised in the old south I wish it were not true, but it is. The amazing thing is that the author really lived through it all. An detailed account of a man who went through Andersonville and in the end was saved by friends who cared. This is a book we should all read or listen to as a part of our history. This book also brought out the importance of keeping a personal journal so that history will not be lost.
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- Randolph

Excellent first-hand Andersonville account!

I'll start by giving three cheers to another volunteer from the Wolverine State. Only Michigander would be so stout as to live thru Andersonville, escape, and make it back to Union lines with expiring. Well, maybe not just a Wolverine but darn close.

John L. Ransom gives a harrowing account of what life was like in Andersonville, and Rebel prisons as a whole. He kept (3) diaries, carrying them with him every step of the way to share his story though he was certain (at times) people would never read what he wrote. He was one of countless prisoners whom endured the captivity but did so in Georgia. And he is even a smaller fraction of those who lived to tell about.

If you can get past the oration of Adrian Cronauer, who always sounded like Paul Harvey (WJR in Detroit), then you might enjoy this. Otherwise it my be a longer road than escaping from a Rebel prison.
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- Rick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books