Andersonville Diary: A True Account is the harrowing diary of John Ransom, a 20-year-old Union soldier who was captured then detained in Andersonville, Georgia, at a Confederate prison camp.
This true story begins in the fall of 1863 when Ransom became a prisoner of war in Tennessee. In plain-spoken language and startling detail, Ransom writes unflinchingly about the unsanitary conditions of the camp that sees 140 prisoners dying daily. At other points, before eventually escaping, Ransom suffers from scurvy and starvation.
Adrian Cronauer serves up his restrained, earthy performance with a slight Southern drawl.
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"It is one of the best of the many fine first-hand accounts that have come down to us from the Civil War." (Bruce Catton)
"Adrian Cronauer's reading is flawless and riveting." (Kliatt Magazine)
While I had heard the name and knew it to be a terrible place this book gave the horrid details. Born and raised in the old south I wish it were not true, but it is. The amazing thing is that the author really lived through it all. An detailed account of a man who went through Andersonville and in the end was saved by friends who cared. This is a book we should all read or listen to as a part of our history. This book also brought out the importance of keeping a personal journal so that history will not be lost.
What an amazing saga! If you did not know it was fact, you would believe that only fiction could be so cruel, and portray such a tale of human suffering and endurance. We take for granted the suffering of others in securing the priveledges that we have. I recommend this highly.
The story is riveting, shedding light on the horrors of Andersonville. Yet, Adrian Cronaurer does a great performance as narrator, John L. Ransom was young during his imprisonment at Andersonville and a younger narrator would have been better.
I love to read diaries. This one was intersting, but got a little long. The shocking conditions of the prisoner of war camps was repeated over and over and after a while got depressing.
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