This Day in Georgia Civil War History
November 02, 1864
Sidney Lanier Captured
In an otherwise relatively insignificant war event, a Confederate blockade runner was captured in the Atlantic Ocean on this day. The crew on board were taken to Point Lookout prison in Maryland, where they would be held for the next four months. The young signal officer on that ship would go on to become of Georgia’s most celebrated writers, particularly for his poetry - Sidney Lanier. Unfortunately, while in prison he contracted tuberculosis, which would trouble him for the rest of his life, and cut that life short.