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
threat of being returned to slavery in the South. Yet, despite their
heroism and sacrifice, these men are often overlooked in public memory
of the war.
|In Remembering The Battle
of the Crater: War is Murder,
Kevin M. Levin addresses the shared recollection of a battle that
epitomizes the way Americans have chosen to remember, or in many cases
forget, the presence of the USCT.
The volume analyzes how the racial component of the war's history was
portrayed at various points during the 140 years following its
conclusion, illuminating the social changes and challenges experienced
by the nation as a whole. Remembering The Battle of the Crater gives
the members of the USCT a newfound voice in history.
Remembering The Battle of the Crater
War as Murder
by Kevin M. Levin
University Press of Kentuckyi, 2012