For those of you who live in the greater Boston area and are looking to get out for a few hours tomorrow evening I would love to see you in Newburyport. More specifically, in nearby Salisbury [East Parish United Methodist Church, 8 Lafayette Rd. (Rt. 1)]. I will be giving a talk to the Merrimac Civil War Round Table on the battle of the Crater. My talk will focus specifically on how Confederates responded to the presence of United States Colored Troops on the battlefield and in the letters and diaries written in the immediate aftermath. The meeting begins at 7:30pm.
Let’s get straight to the point here. Kevin Levin’s new book, Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War as Murder, is an exceptionally solid work.
In all seriousness, I appreciate Keith taking the time to read my book. He makes a couple of really important points about where my book fits into the broader field of Civil War memory studies, which I am going to respond to very soon.