To fully appreciate this book, you must live in south Georgia - with all of its heat, torrential rains, and mosquitoes - characteristics over which the South has no control. While I did get bogged down in much of the information dealing with military movements, etc., the point of the book was not to redissect the trial of Wirz , or to condemn the behavior of the soldiers, neither North, nor South. It was to portray, using original sources, actual conditions of the camp. While Andersonville is a place of unutterable sadness, I enjoyed reading an unbiased assessment of the contributions, or lack thereof, by both sides. Heretofore, the Confederates have been painted as Godless sadists who willfully and deliberately brutalized prisoners. This is far from the truth. Readers need to remember that it was all the South could do to feed, clothe and shelter its own citizens, much less its POW's. It, quite frankly, was eye-opening to read a perspective demonstrating that the North was willing to let their own troops suffer, as long as it facilitated defeat of the South. .
Details found in this book will not be found elsewhere. The author gives a fair assessment of the camps famous colonel Wirtz who was hung for war crimes and the political agenda that resulted in his execution. .