A quick but fun, fanciful read. While the author wrote many works this is the primary one for which he is known. It was quickly written and is delightfully illustrated with woodcut prints. Edward Everett Hale wrote this tale to encourage love of our country during the Civil War. A most imaginative portrayal of which could happen to someone who in their youth might rashly say something that could haunt them for the rest of their lives. I enjoyed it.