The startling new book,  “Union Bound: He Went to War to Free the Slaves But Was Freed by Them,” will be available in stores on May 2, but before you pick up the book, you can go see the movie.

Debuting on April 22 in theaters nationwide, “Union Bound” tells the true story of Joseph Hoover, a Union soldier who witnessed many incredible moments during the terrible carnage of the Civil War.

He wrote two diaries which survive today. They describe how during 1864 he was captured at the Battle of the Wilderness and was taken to the notorious Confederate prison camp at Andersonville.

After four months he was transferred to Florence, S.C., to a new camp. There, together with a friend, he escaped. They were aided by slaves and what is now known as the Underground Railroad to get to freedom. Hoover was later wounded in the war but survived.

Tickets for “Union Bound” are available at Fandango.com, where you can type in your zip code and you can purchase tickets in advance.

Directed by Harvey Lowry and starring Sean Stone and Tank Johnson, “Union Bound” was produced by Uptone Pictures.

“Here’s a story of just a common man who went to war to, as he wrote in his diary, ‘free the slaves, but was freed by them.’ What makes the story of Joseph Hoover told in the movie so important to today’s audience is the values of honor, integrity, and following through with things that you’ve stated you will do,” said Michael Davis, CEO of Uptone Pictures, who also, with William R. Walters, co-wrote the book “Union Bound.”

“The Los Angeles premiere will be at the historic Dunn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and we can’t wait for the movie audiences across the country to have the opportunity to see our film.”

“Union Bound” is based on the actual diaries of Union soldier Joseph Hoover. He joined the Union army, became a sergeant, and was captured during the Battle of the Wilderness and taken to the dreaded Andersonville prison in Georgia where he was held for four long months before being transferred to the Florence Stockade in South Carolina.

However, from there he escaped and was helped by the very slaves he fought to free to return to the North.

Being published by WND Books, “Union Bound: He Went to War to Free the Slaves But Was Freed by Them,” will be in stores on May 2.

After the war Hoover went back to his farm in upstate New York and worked as a cabinetmaker. He went on to live to be 84 years old.

Click here for the list of theaters that will be showing the movie April 22.

The trailer:

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