After reading about Indianapolisâ€™s Camp Morton in a vintage magazine he bought on E-Bay, James R. Hall was inspired to write a book outlining the horrors of the so-called model Union prison. â€œI felt that the stories of the prisoners should be made public in the modern era,â€ he said, as little has been written about the camp since the late 1800s.
Hall won a full tuition scholarship to Vincennes University, where he earned his degree in journalism. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Trinity Seminary and his doctoral degree in holistic nutrition from Clayton College in Birmingham, Alabama. From 1979 to 1992, he was a writer for the Shelbyville (Ind.) News, an award-winning daily newspaper, and from 1995 to 1999, he was a feature writer for the Indianapolis Star.
As a freelance writer, Hall has published articles in The Saturday Evening Post, Contemporary Christian Magazine, Windstorm Magazine, Indiana Sports Magazine, The Indianapolis Star Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly Magazine, Babe Ruth International Magazine, United Press International, and Civil War Times Illustrated. His poetry has been published in White River Quarterly, an Indiana poetry anthology, and his freelance photography has been published in the Chicago Tribune. An article he wrote on jeep safety appeared on 60 Minutes, and he has written humor columns and opinion pieces for the New York Times News Service.
Hall lived in Shelbyville, Indiana, with his wife and son until his death in 2013.