A true story that is well-documented. Each chapter has numerous source reference notes that authenticate the research. The book is indexed and also contains an appendix making it easy to do research. It is illustrated and offers the resder letters written during the Civil War period never published before. The book reads with the ease of a novel. It is filled with factual accounts that pull the reader into the events taking place on the written pages. The rebel yells, the ear-splitting roar of the cannon and the heart wrenching cries of the wounded hold your interest as you are pulled into the story. Truly this is a book full of action and suspense. The writer carries you right into the realities of the Civil War.