‘Immortal 600’ recalls Confederate prisoners

Charleston-based The History Press has released “The Immortal 600: Surviving Civil War Charleston and Savannah” by Karen Stokes.

The volume recounts the tribulations of 600 Confederate prisoners of war, first confined to a Morris Island stockade, then used as human shields during the Siege of Charleston, and subjected to severe food rationing at the Union-held Fort Pulaski near Savannah.

Stokes, an archivist with the South Carolina Historical Society, has written on Civil War topics. Her first book with The History Press was “South Carolina Civilians in Sherman’s Path: Stories of Courage Amid Civil War Destruction.”

A book signing is scheduled for 1 p.m. June 9 at the Preservation Society of Charleston, 147 King St.