This short volume, kept by Louis Leon during the War Between the States, tells in concise but poignant terms what it was like for the "man behind the gun," as he puts it. It tells of his adventures in two different regiments from North Carolina and as a prisoner of war in New York. But there is something even more unique here: Mr. Leon was a Jew. He openly served his country while General Grant was deporting Jews "as a class" from Union occupied territories. A doubly unique perspective.