In this Spur Award-winning novel, acclaimed author Johnny D. Boggs deftly combines three American icons: the Old West, the Civil War and baseball. Win MacNaughton had always lived for the game--until his father was killed at Gettysburg, and Win decided to enlist in the Union Army. Captured by the Rebels in Louisiana, Win is then sent to Camp Ford, Texas, the largest prison west of the Mississippi. To keep up their spirits, the Union soldiers challenge their guards to a game of baseball, a game that becomes a war in its own right ... with life-or-death stakes.
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