On September 20, 1863, at "about noon," as the Army of the Cumberland under Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans suffered one of the most significant Union defeats of the Civil War, Sergeant Samuel Boggs of the 21st Illinois Infantry found himself, along with many of his comrades, cut off from retreat, surrounded, and forced to surrender. Thus would begin eighteen months of the most hellish, inhumane, evil treatment imaginable; not through neglect, but by intentional premeditated decision at the highest levels of the Confederacy.
Mr. Boggs demonstrates convincingly the power of the first-person narrative. At times, his words seem to actually weep on the page. At other times, they practically melt the paper they are printed on with their anger and outrage. You, too, will feel some of that anger and outrage when you read how Union prisoners were treated during the Civil War.