Kevin Levin has an issue with the truth. He is a man who has an axe to grind with the South, the Southern people, the Confederate States Army, both then and now. He writes blogs that attack Southern people who stand up for their ancestors and their Southern memorials and he will adjust the facts to suit his Liberal thinking as he does in his book. He will call the men who defended themselves against a sneak attack in Petersburg, Virginia murderers, as they were attacked by a Federal army. These Southern defenders only existed to protect themselves, their families, their homes and not to gain land, or to take over the United States, but only to defend their state after they were Invaded by the Federal army, please do not forget the facts here.
Kevin Levin wants sympathy for the attackers while he supports the crimes by the Yankee soldiers who were led by such incompetents as General Burnside, James Ledlie, Edward Ferrero and others. Their were competent good Northern leaders such as General George E. Meade, who had it right when he and his close advisers suggested that the colored troops only be used as engineers and laborers, not infantrymen or fighters, but Grant and Lincoln wanted the blacks to succeed so as to prop up their illegal war, but it failed, just as the writer of this book fails when he attempts to slander the Confederate army as murderers, rather than as Southern men who were defending themselves from a attack by a trespassing army of men who wanted to kill them.
Lincoln and Grant wished to show the South and the rest of America that the blacks were up to the job, and what they did was to get them killed in another Northern attempt to push liberal ideas and lies down the throats of Conservative Southerners just as it is being attempted today by Levin and his left wing Liberal associates in their blogs and books. In 1864 when Ledlie drew the short stick and now had to send his blacks to their meeting with death by way of the sharp steel bayonets, musket balls and and cannon fire from Mahones Confederate defenders, Elliot's cannons roared and fire, iron and lead was sent tearing into the U.S.C.T. black men, which is not indicated in the regiments flag scene which is so incorrectly depicted just as Levines book attempts to do, to deceive the reader. Save your money, stop buying fiction when accurate written historical books are available about what happened at the battle of the crater. This was a Yankee blunder, just as this book is.