The Long Road Home
When the war ended in 1865, many prisoners of the Confederacy, were released from Northern prisons and were a great distance from home. The Federal government did not offer money nor transportation for their return home. In many instances, these young, homeless, Southern men had to resort to “bumming” in the countryside to survive. Several were arrested for being a vagrant. A few made it to Washington D.C. where they appealed directly to Gen. U.S. Grant, who then offered transportation, subsistence or knew whom they could contact for help.
Photo: Bernard Bluecher Graves, Corp., C.S.A.