The book, Civil War memoir, written in diary format, provides some good insights into war from a Confederate chaplain’s unique point of view. Betts preferred to call the war a revolution rather than a civil war, and he explains why. Because the book was a day-to-day journal, many of the entries are a bit sketchy. Still, several passages are very revealing and even emotionally moving. Readers desiring to know the Confederate viewpoint about the Civil War (which Betts prefers to call America's War of 1861-1865) will find Bett’s book to be particularly enlightening.