Confederate prisoners at Fort Warren
Prisoners began arriving in October 1861, barely 6 months after the fort was first occupied by Union troops. More than 2,200 prisoners were incarcerated at Fort Warren at some time during the conflict. Only 13 prisoners died of disease, and it was considered a relatively humane facility for the Confederate prisoners. Some officers were even allowed to have alcohol and the freedom to move about the fort during daylight hours.
Because of the prisoner exchanges and paroles, prisoners were coming and going throughout the war—until that practice was ended by General Grant. There were brief periods when no prisoners at all were at the fort.
Alexander Hamilton Stephens
The Trent Affair
Some notable Confederate prisoners