Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Sentinels Of Andersonville by Tracy Groot

The Sentinels Of Andersonville by Tracy Groot is a powerful historical fiction novel that takes place during the American Civil War.  For those who have never heard of Andersonville it was a prisoner of war camp of the south's located in Georgia.  I was very excited to read a historical book that takes place in Andersonville as it was the most notorious and deadly of the prisoner of war camps during the Civil War.  This book deals with not only the happenings in the camp but also people outside and the southern soldiers and doctor who worked in the camp. The main character in the book named Violet Stiles whose father is a doctor in the camp cannot believe the deplorable conditions of the camp and wants to help the soldiers being held prisoner there.  This causes a lot of problems for her and her family as people start to treat them as traitors.. However Violet ends up with very few fellow supporters with one who happens to be a guard in the prison named Dance Pickett.  Dance has seen how the union soldiers have been treated and is very disgusted by it.  The book is the adventures of the 2 and really hits on the question of how we should treat prisoners of war.  This book really details the horror these men faced.  In real life very few prisoners of Andersonville survived as the way the people were treat was very horrendous. It was so horrendous that even the head of the prison Henry Wirz was even tried after the war for the way the soldiers were treated and hung for it.  We sometimes forget how horrible the Civil War was since we romanticize it a lot today.  This book really explains the emotions of the people and what was happening at that time. I was very impressed by this book and highly recommend it to anyone but especially students studying the Civil War.  

I was given this book by Tyndale Publishers for my honest review.

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