Richard Slotkin's gripping history describes the bloody debacle of the "Battle of the Crater," a Civil War battle that could have crippled the Confederate Army, but instead spiraled into a horrific massacre, due to incompetence, cowardice, and racism. The Union army's plan seemed brilliant in theory: miners would tunnel under a pivotal Southern fort and dynamite open a breach. Then African-American soldiers would then lead a charge through the gap. Instead, the explosion created a massive pit that became a death trap for the woefully unprepared and under-equipped African-American regiment. Most shocking of all, Union soldiers contributed to the slaughter of the black troops.
Subgenre: United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877), Military / United States