The Greatest Escape: A True American Civil War Adventure

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Miller. This title tells the story of the largest prison breakout in U.S. history. It took place during the Civil War, when more than 1,200 Yankee officers were jammed into Libby, a special prison considered escape-proof, in the Confederate capitol of Richmond, Virginia. A small group of men, obsessed with escape, mapped out an elaborate plan, and one cold and clear night, 109 men dug their way to freedom. Freezing, starving, clad in rags, they still had to travel 40 miles to Yankee lines and safety. 304 pages, 6½"x 9½", hardcover.