This is truly an amazing book, which is actually a diary of James Dennison, who was a prisoner of war, eventually landing at Andersonville, one of the most horrendous camps. Dennison kept a day-by-day chronicle of one year of his life as a Union soldier. When he began the diary on March 3, 1864, the Kankakee soldier already had been a member of the 113th Illinois Volunteer Infantry for 18 months. When he made his final entry on Feb. 15, 1865, he was on a train headed for Richmond, Va., where his time as a prisoner of war finally would end. Four months later, he would be back home in Kankakee County.
The original of this diary is in the Kankakee County Historical Society. The book was beautifully bound in leather. 107 pages. This is the 1987 first edition of the book which has been reprinted in later formats. The following link is for an article written about Dennison's experiences.
Note: All proceeds from this book is for the benefit of the Macon-Bibb Friends of the Library.