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Monday, February 3, 2014
The Sentinels of Andersonville
Near the end of the Civil War, inhumane conditions at Andersonville Prison caused the deaths of 13,000 Union soldiers in only one year. In this gripping and affecting novel, three young Confederates and an entire town come face-to-face with the prison's atrocities and will learn the cost of compassion, when withheld and when given.
Sentry Dance Pickett has watched, helpless, for months as conditions in the camp worsen day by day. He know any mercy will be seen as treason.
Southern belle Violet Stiles cannot believe the good folk of Americus would knowingly condone such barbarism, despite the losses they've suffered. When her goodwill campaign stirs up accusations of Union sympathies and endangers her family, however, she realizes she must tread carefully.
Confederate corporal Emery Jones didn't expect to find camaraderie with the Union prisoner he escorted to Andersonville. But the soldier's wit and integrity strike a chord with Emery. How could this man be an enemy? Emery vows that their unlikely friendship will survive the warlittle knowing what that promise will cost him.
As these three young Rebels cross paths, Emery leads Dance and Violet to a daring act that could hang them for treason. Wrestling with God's harsh truth, the must decide, once and for all, Who is my neighbor?
I enjoyed Sentinels of Andersonville, as I love historical fiction, and the author, Tracy Groot, did a wonderful job writing this book. The characters are very detailed, and the story is brought to life. You feel what it is like in Andersonville through the eyes of a guard, a young woman who wants to be kind, and a man who has made a friend with an enemy. You see how hard it was to be kind without being called a traitor, the risks people took, how to keep your friendship, and what it takes to keep your promise.