Camp Ford

Written by Johnny D. Boggs
Review by Eileen Charbonneau

Deftly shifting between 1946 and 1865 with its protagonist and baseball as common elements, Win MacNaughton narrates his 99-year journey from the son of Rhode Island abolitionists to honored guest at the World Series. When his father is killed at Gettysburg, the underage Win, destined for a number-crunching future, and friend Mike take a different turn at the fateful crossroads of the Civil War—they volunteer as Union troopers and are sent to the family’s former preaching ground, Texas. As a prisoner of war in the largest compound west of the Mississippi, Win again takes up the game he’s loved most of his life. The stakes are higher now, and the sport that once brought warring sides together now seems destined to reflect the murderous battle. And he and his embittered friend are on opposite sides.

Vivid and evocative, Camp Ford’s hapless, self-deprecating hero is the perfect guide on this journey of a young man’s coming of age during a time fraught with horror, betrayal, brutality, but also honor, friendship, and the love of baseball.