It’s a Crater Book

Following an exhausting seven hour drive from Gettysburg I returned home to find my author copies waiting at the door.  I actually saw the book for the first time at CWI, where I was able to sign a number of copies for some of the participants and close friends.  It made the entire trip that much more enjoyable.  I have so many people to thank, which I do in the Acknowledgments section, but let me include one paragraph that is meant for all of you.

A good deal of the material contained in this book was first introduced on my Weblog, Civil War Memory, which I began in November 2005.  The site has given me the opportunity to test new ideas with a core group of loyal readers who bring a wealth of knowledge and perspective to my work.  Rarely did a day go by that I did not receive a blog comment or private e-mail that included sound criticism or pointed me in the direction of new sources.  My readers not only helped to further my understanding of the Crater, they enriched my understanding of some of the central issues surrounding how Americans have chosen to remember the Civil War.  There are too many people to thank by name and the vast majority I have never met in person, but I hope they will embrace this book as a token of my gratitude.

The book should be officially released within the next ten days.  Thanks once again to all of you, who have traveled this road with me.  Now it is time to celebrate with the most important person in my life.

Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History

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40 comments… add one
  • Woodrowfan Jul 3, 2012 @ 12:18

    Got my copy in the mail today. Absolutely no references to “Black Confederates” in the index!!!!! 😎

    Looking forward to reading it….

    • Kevin Levin Jul 3, 2012 @ 12:34

      Hope I didn’t disappoint you. Glad to hear it is shipping. Where did you order it from?

      • Woodrowfan Jul 3, 2012 @ 15:22

        I used the UK Press link you provided earlier….

        The photo of Pvt Martin on page 22 (yes, i started looking at the illustrations) is startling…

  • Eric Wittenberg Jul 2, 2012 @ 15:10

    Congrats, Kevin. 17 books later, there’s still no memory that will ever compete with the first time that I got to see my first book in print. Now you’ve experienced that sense of wonderment too. I hope that moment sticks with you as it has with me.

    • Kevin Levin Jul 2, 2012 @ 15:17

      Thanks, Eric.

  • Andy Hall Jun 29, 2012 @ 11:02

    This is interesting. Looking at the Amazon listing, it says that buyers of your book also bought books by. . .

    Edwin C. Bearss
    Joseph T. Glatthaar
    Earl J. Hess
    Gary W. Gallagher
    Brian Matthew Jordan
    William C. Davis
    Jack Hurst
    Glenn David Brasher

    That’s some impressive company, Kevin. Not as impressive as Tom DiLorenzo and the Kennedy Brothers, of course, but still. . . . 😉

    • Kevin Levin Jun 29, 2012 @ 11:15

      I think it’s going to be fun to read all of the Amazon reviews from my friends. 🙂

  • Jim Dick Jun 29, 2012 @ 9:32


  • Brad Jun 29, 2012 @ 4:56

    Belated congratulations Kevin.



  • TF Smith Jun 28, 2012 @ 19:36

    Okay, so when is the next one coming out? Enough of this resting on one’s laurels…

    Seriously, well done. I will order at my local independent and take it on vacation…


    • Kevin Levin Jun 29, 2012 @ 2:15


  • Paul Taylor Jun 28, 2012 @ 19:06

    Kevin – Congrats! It’s almost like holding your newborn child for the first time, right? 🙂

    I look forward to seeing you online at the upcoming Virtual Book Signing and getting my copy then.

    Cheers, Paul

    • Kevin Levin Jun 29, 2012 @ 2:16

      Thanks, Paul. Very much looking forward to VBS.

  • John Buchanan Jun 28, 2012 @ 10:19


    A hearty congratulations!!!!

    I have asked my wife for it for our anniversary on Monday. If she does not manage to fulfill that wish I will hit up Amazon and order myself…..and then I will send you a photo of me standing at The Crater holding your book (I work 1 mile from it!)

    Can’t wait,


    • Kevin Levin Jun 28, 2012 @ 10:28

      …I will send you a photo of me standing at The Crater holding your book (I work 1 mile from it!)

      That will be very cool.

  • Michael Douglas Jun 28, 2012 @ 7:27

    Congratulations, Kevin! It was mention of your research for the book that first brought me to your blog, of which I have become an avid reader (it’s one of my daily “essentials”). I’m am so very much looking forward to reading the book. My g-g-g-grandfather survived that battle and I’m sure that your work will be invaluable in helping me to understand the time, place and context within which he and his brothers (also USCT) found themselves.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 28, 2012 @ 8:39

      Hi Michael,

      Given your family’s connection to the battle I do hope that it gives you a different perspective on what took place, how it was remembered and why it is important that we remember it.

  • Matt McKeon Jun 28, 2012 @ 3:16

    Congratulations, Kevin. I look forward to reading it.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 28, 2012 @ 3:19

      Thanks, Matt.

  • James F. Epperson Jun 28, 2012 @ 3:00

    My wife is gonna kill me—another book to buy …

    • Kevin Levin Jun 28, 2012 @ 3:05

      Make sure you click through the Kentucky icon in the right sidebar for the 40% coupon. Hope it’s worth it. 🙂

  • Margaret D. Blough Jun 27, 2012 @ 22:03

    Congrats! I’m waiting to see if my hardback copy arrives on the publication date or if I get the Kindle version first.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 28, 2012 @ 3:05

      Thanks, Margaret. Sorry we weren’t able to meet up in Gettysburg this past week, but the conference left me with very little time.

      • Margaret D. Blough Jun 28, 2012 @ 9:15

        I suspected as much. We’ll manage it another time.

  • John brogan Jun 27, 2012 @ 17:46

    Through the first 30 pages…great read!!! Looking forward to reading more. Can’t wait for the sequel!!!

    • Kevin Levin Jun 28, 2012 @ 3:06

      Awesome. Thanks, John.

  • Sam Elliott Jun 27, 2012 @ 17:35

    Congrats, Kevin. Sort of like a baby being born, isn’t it?

    • Kevin Levin Jun 28, 2012 @ 3:06

      It really is a nice feeling.

  • Harry Jun 27, 2012 @ 16:19

    Congratulations, Kevin!

    • Kevin Levin Jun 28, 2012 @ 3:07

      Thanks, Harry. I hope you get your review copy soon.

  • Pat Young Jun 27, 2012 @ 16:11

    Very exciting time for all of us who follow your excellent blog.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 28, 2012 @ 3:07

      Thanks, Pat.

  • Al Mackey Jun 27, 2012 @ 15:54

    I was going to get you to sign mine, Kevin, and I had left it home inadvertently. Oh well, next time. I’m looking forward to reading it.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 28, 2012 @ 3:08

      It was really nice meeting you in Gettysburg. Thoughtful participants such as yourself add a great deal to these gatherings. Hope you enjoy the book and thanks so much for the support.

  • Andy Hall Jun 27, 2012 @ 14:40

    Congrats, Kevin!

    • Kevin Levin Jun 28, 2012 @ 3:08

      Thanks, Andy.

  • Ralph Poore Jun 27, 2012 @ 14:21


    • Kevin Levin Jun 28, 2012 @ 3:09

      Thanks, Ralph.

  • Rob Baker Jun 27, 2012 @ 14:08

    Congrats Kevin. Looking forward to the read.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 28, 2012 @ 3:09

      Thanks, Rob.

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