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Posted By: Tom Ryan on: 06/03/2010 14:15:15 EDT
Subject: RE: Capt. Fisher's escape from prison

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Dave, my interest was primarily background on the escape and Fisher's role in it for a brief bio about him in the intro section on the SC in the book I am writing on Gettysburg intel ops. However, the subject you raise about interrogation and divulging info on intel-related matters is of special interest. One of most intriguing items along these lines is the BMI's Colonel Sharpe writing the War Department giving a detailed explanation of how his org was successful in gaining valuable military info during "examinations" of POWs through various incentives that they offered these men. There was also at least on instance where torture was applied to force info out of a prisoner. I gather from a variety of comments that prisoners on both sides generally were rather open and cooperative about passing along what we would consider to be classified information. Another interesting practice as seen through post action reports is allowing captured officers freely observe events while fighting is taking place. Some of the details in these reports are rather revealing about enemy activities. I am referring in this case to Union officers captured at Gettysburg and left behind during the retreat.
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