It is not claimed for this story that it gives a full and perfect history
of the sufferings of the Union
prisoners in the South
during the war; but the writer has endeavored to furnish such descriptions and incidents as will give the reader a true picture of Rebel Prisons, and the means and methods of living or dying in them.
In doing this, he has relied on his memory; selecting those facts and trying to paint those pictures which are clearest and plainest in his own mind.
He has not tried to color these descriptions --they would not bear it; but has told them in plain language, just as they seem to him after a lapse of fifteen years.