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The Battle of New Market Heights: Freedom Will Be Theirs by the Sword (Civil War Series) Paperback – September 9, 2011
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Price is author of a brand-new book that I think is a must-read for those interested in Virginia's role during the American Civil War: "The Battle of New Market Heights: Freedom Will Be Theirs By The Sword."
The Fredericksburg resident, who spent years researching and writing this work, thoroughly examines the action on Sept. 29-30, 1864, when Union Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler's Army of the James crossed James River to attack Richmond's defenses north of the river.
After early Union successes, the Confederates contained the breakthrough. Gen. Robert E. Lee moved troops to counter the threat against the rebel capital, weakening his lines at Petersburg.
U.S. Colored Troops under Butler fought with great courage, and the War Department bestowed the Medal of Honor on 14 black veterans of New Market Heights (also known as the Battle of Chaffin's Farm). In the entire war, only 16 black soldiers and five black sailors received the award.
Price, who has worked for the American Civil War Center at Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond and Henrico County's heritage tourism branch, is currently a historical consultant to the upcoming TV miniseries "To Appomattox."
He did most of the legwork on a recent exhibition at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, "Take Our Stand," about African Americans' military service to their nation in conflicts from the Civil War until the Truman administration. --Fredericksburg.com
About the Author
James S. Price is a Civil War historian, blogger and educator who specializes in the history of African American Union soldiers. He has worked for many Civil War sites and museums, including Petersburg National Battlefield, Pamplin Historical Park and the American Civil War Center at historic Tredegar. In 2009, he received his MA in military history from Norwich University. For the past three years, he has dedicated himself to the study of the Battle of New Market Heights and has sought to raise awareness of this important battle by leading specialized tours of the preserved portions of the battlefield, lecturing throughout the metro Richmond area on the topic and writing about different aspects of the battle on his weblog, the Sable Arm: A Blog Dedicated to the United States Colored Troops of the Civil War Era (http://sablearm.blogspot.com). It is his hope that by raising public awareness of the services rendered by United States Colored Troops, the fields on which they fought will be preserved for future generations.
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Despite that, this book will not sit well for those who make the "heritage, not hate" argument about the Confederate flag. The book describes the law passed by Jefferson Davis, stating that all captured black soldiers were to be killed on the spot. As the author mentions, at other battles when given the chance Confederate troops absolutely without hesitation killed black soldiers trying to surrender.
In short, this book should be read by all Civil War buffs.