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“…the Duty of the Prisoner to Escape…: POWs’ Escape Attempts, Plots, and Ideological Flight”, Dr. Angela Zombek

Date: 
Apr 5 2022 - 7:00pm

General Order No. 100 (the Lieber Code, 1863) did not consider POW escape attempts to be a crime, but prisoners’ thoughts of escape more often led to psychological comfort than actual freedom from military prisons. This lecture will cover POW escapes in all forms: contemplated, attempted, pulled off, and punished. 

Bio: Angie Zombek (PhD University of Florida) is an historian of the Civil War Era and teaches at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is the author of Penitentiaries, Punishment, and Military Prisons: Familiar Responses to an Extraordinary Crisis during the America Civil War (Kent State University Press). Her current book project, Stronghold of the Union: Key West Under Martial Law, is under contract with The University Press of Florida.

Dr. Zombek’s published articles include: “The Power of the Press: Defining Disloyalty at Old Capitol Prison,” “Catholics in Captivity: Priests, Prisoners, and the Living Faith in Civil War Military Prisons,” and “Citizenship – Compulsory or Convenient: Federal Officials, Confederate Prisoners, and the Oath of Allegiance.” She serves as managing editor of Kent State University Press’s book series “Interpreting the Civil War: Texts and Contexts.”