Albert Richardson and Junius Browne, two correspondents for the New York Tribune, were captured at the Battle of Vicksburg and spent 20 months in horrific Confederate prisons before escaping and making their way to Union territory. Their amazing, long-forgotten odyssey is one of the great escape stories in American history, packed with drama, courage, horrors and heroics, plus many moments of antic comedy. They must endure the Confederacy's most notorious prison; rely on forged passes and the secret signals of a covert pro-Union organization in North Carolina; trust a legendary guerilla leader; be hidden by slaves during the day in plantation slave quarters; and ultimately depend on a mysterious, anonymous woman on a white horse to guide them to safety. They traveled for 340 miles, most of it on foot, much of it through snow, in 26 days.
This is a marvelous, surreal voyage through the cold mountains, dark prisons, and mysterious bands of misfits living in the shadows of the Civil War.
"This absorbing story of two Northern war reporters who were captured by the Confederates at Vicksburg, imprisoned for 19 months, and escaped 200 miles to Union lines demonstrates that for the Civil War, truth is indeed more thrilling than fiction." (James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom)
"Peter Carlson is one of America's greatest storytellers, and this is his best story yet. Funny, thrilling, tragic, and impossible to put down.... [A] beautifully written, wondrous book." (David Finkel, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Good Soldiers)
"A rollicking story of imprisonment and escape... Carlson has taken full advantage of abundant material to deliver a vivid chronicle of two working Civil War reporters and their spectacular odyssey." (Kirkus)
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