10 Unbelievable Survival Tales From The 19th Century

Back during the 19th century, travel and exploring the world was far more dangerous than anything we see today. Those who embarked on a grand journey had no such thing as GPS, or even a proper geographical map to locate their whereabouts. Stranded adventurers had no plan for when they got lost, and there were no cell phones to contact help. Survival required cunning, sheer will, and unbelievable strength to accomplish. That makes the following ten tales even more unbelievable.

Sergeant James Landon

During the US Civil War, Camp Sumter was a military prison run by the Confederate Army. The prison camp had extremely low standards, even for the time period, and was notoriously horrible on those incarcerated there. Sergeant James Landon was one such Union soldier imprisoned. Landon was shot in the thigh before being captured. He was held for six weeks without proper medical treatment, went through abuse and torture, and starvation. He lived to the age of 83.

Judah Paddock

Judah Paddock, captain of the merchant ship Oswego, ran aground in 1800. He and his crew were forced to abandon the boat and walk through the Saharan Desert. They were captured by Arabs, who starved, flogged them, and forced them to sleep outdoors. Paddock, through careful negotiation, managed to secure his release.