What People Are Saying

janney-c08“In examining a single battle across such a wide expanse of time, Levin has given us a wonderful insight not only into the ever-evolving nature of Civil War memory, but he has also helped illuminate the interplay between race and politics in our collective rendering of the war.”

Caroline Janney, author of Remembering the Civil War

brundage_fitz_05“Remembering the Battle of the Crater is crisp, cogent, and persuasive. Levin has made a valuable contribution to the ongoing revision of how we think about the Civil War and its legacy. He also makes a compelling case for the value of reflecting on the evolution of the popular memory of Civil War battles.”

Fitzhugh Brundage, author of The Southern Past

anne“Levin offers something new and valuable in this book. His approach of unpacking the complex telling and forgetting of the events surrounding one battle allows him a focus and specificity that even many very good treatments of historical memory often lack. Remembering the Battle of the Crater stands to make a real and lasting contribution to the field of Civil War memory studies.”

–Anne Marshall, author of Creating a Confederate Kentucky

hess_earl_feature“Levin has done a superb job of charting a course through the complex and sometimes perplexing details of this story. His research is exhaustive, and his critical eye encompasses such diverse elements as John Elder’s famous painting of the battle, the many reunions and reenactments held on the battlefield, the creation of the Petersburg National Battlefield, and the ways in which park personnel have tried to interpret the engagement to succeeding generations since 1932.”

–Earl J. Hess, author of The Mine Attack at Petersburg

William Davis“So-called ‘memory studies’ have come to the forefront in recent years, thanks to the work of distinguished scholars like David Blight, Lesley Gordon, and Carol Reardon. Add to their number now Kevin M. Levin, whose new book Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War as Murder, provides an outstanding look at how people North and South, participants and their cultures, dealt with the awful recollection of those hours of carnage and brutality in the Crater.”

–William C. Davis, author of Crucible of Command

Chad Williams“Levin’s main contributions are in his careful excavation of local Virginia racial politics, revealing important divisions between former Confederates regarding the memory of the Battle of the Crater…. The result is a solid academic book that firmly establishes Levin as an important scholar and public voice on the Civil War, race, and memory.”

–Chad L. Williams, author of Torchbearers of Democracy