The Ghost Patrol got its name after being reported that all members were killed in the battle of Gettysburg. The Special Forces unit had gotten well-known for its successful raids on Yankee supply lines, either destroying them or carrying war materials to rebel camps. Now they were asked to attack supply trains and even to steal the whole train and bring it to the rebels who were in desperate need of all war supplies.
Captain Sam, as his men liked to call him, was an excellent soldier. He handpicked his men and gave them special training. They were well-disciplined to fight hard and win. They could hit their targets hundreds of yards away with their long-range rifles.
Captain Samuel Clifton was a plantation owner and a family man, who loved his beautiful wife and children. They loved to have parties where they were known for serving good food and having great entertainment.
The author enjoys giving his readers an insight into the planning of both sides of the war which creates an interesting sidebar. He also provides an interesting endeavor which could have prevented the terrible living conditions of slaves and even could have precluded the civil war.