First, a big shout out to my new friends at the Olde Colony Civil War Round Table in Dedham. I had a wonderful time last night. It was an enthusiastic crowd and they asked some excellent questions. The meeting was brought to order by the ringing of a bell that was used to signal the end of the war on Boston Common. Very, very cool. The Endicott Estate is an ideal place in which to give a talk and I look forward to my return in May to talk about the battle of the Crater.
Speaking of the Crater, I finished reviewing the publisher’s copy edits and finalized the chapter titles, which are as follows:
Chapter 1 – The Battle: “Until Every Negro Has Been Slaughtered”
Chapter 2 – The Lost Cause: Maintaining the Antebellum Hierarchy
Chapter 3 – Virginia’s Reconstruction: William Mahone, “The Hero of the Crater”
Chapter 4 – Reinforcing the Status Quo: Reenactment and Jim Crow
Chapter 5 – Whites Only: The Ascendency of An Interpretation
Chapter 6 – Competing Memories: Civil War and Civil Rights
Chapter 7 – Moving Forward: Integrating a Black Counter-Memory
Despite the release date on the book’s Amazon page it looks like the book will be available by June 1.