I liked the historical aspect of the story; this is not a sensationalized story and, to my knowledge, it is historically accurate. I also liked how the author kept descriptions simple yet precise; there are no gushing descriptions, yet I had a clear mental picture of the characters, scenery, etc.
On the other hand, I found the author "fluffed over" any difficulties that I expected the heroine to encounter. For example, this 18-year-old girl falls in love-at-first sight with the officer in charge of the women's prison. Of course he loves he right back and wants to marry her when the war's over. That smacks of Harlequin Romances to me. She is set free and, despite being sick, walks halfway home before - miracle of miracles! - finding her long-lost horse who, of course, recognizes her. Pu-lease!
Finally I have to say I HATED that no quotation marks were used. To me this is not only poor grammar but is bloody annoying! I had to reread many paragraphs to figure out what was said out loud and what was the author's narrative.
I am thankful to the author for assisting me in learning more about this great country of ours! If this were another place on Earth, we could well still be fighting the Civil War. Think of Somalia or Bosnia, and ask yourself why the next generation of Southerners did not continue to take up arms. It's not because the Civil War was a humane war!