As an author of historical fiction, I have to stop in the middle of my writing and go to the encyclopedia and check history. Because I have ancestry that lived in Mississippi, I have always been interested in the Civil War era. What was covered during my years in grade school and then in college, was not enough to satisfy my need to know. I will forever be learning something new. Reading about the thousands of slaves who took great risk and fled Southern plantations, believing they would be protected by the Union Army, is amazing. Especially knowing what would happen to them if they got caught. What they could count on, was that once they were in the hands of the Union, they would probably not be returned to the plantations, even with the Fugitive Slave Law that required their apprehension. So in other words, the Union Army broke the law when they did not return slaves to slavery. Many of the former slaves enlisted in the army and helped win the battle of the War Between the States.
Suellen Ocean is the author of the series, Civil War Era Romances. Available here:
Book One, Black Pansy: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Pansy-Suellen-Ocean/dp/1484900278
Book Two, Blue Violet: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018ZWX0R4