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Remembering The Battle of the Crater: War as Murder

Remembering The Battle of the Crater: War as Murder

by Kevin M. Levin


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The battle of the Crater is known as one of the Civil War’s bloodiest struggles—a Union loss with combined casualties of 5,000, many of whom were members of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) under Union Brigadier General Edward Ferrero. The battle was a violent clash of forces as Confederate soldiers fought for the first time against African American soldiers. After the Union lost the battle, these black soldiers were captured and subject both to extensive abuse and the thre

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813169729
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 06/16/2017
Series: New Directions in Southern History
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Historian and educator Kevin M. Levin is currently researching the history of Confederate camp servants (slaves) and the myth of the black Confederate soldier. His published work in the area of Civil War history and historical memory can be found in popular magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

Introduction 1

1 The Battle: "Until Every Negro Has Been Slaughtered" 7

2 The Lost Cause: Maintaining the Antebellum Hierarchy 33

3 Virginia's Reconstruction: William Mahone, "Hero of the Crater" 53

4 Reinforcing the Status Quo: Reenactment and Jim Crow 69

5 Whites Only: The Ascendancy of an Interpretation 87

6 Competing Memories: Civil War and Civil Rights 107

7 Moving Forward: Integrating a Black Counter-Memory 125

Acknowledgments 141

Notes 145

Bibliography 161

Index 177

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