Winner of the A. M. Pate, Jr. Award
At Milliken’s Bend, Louisiana, a Union force composed predominantly of former slaves met their Confederate adversaries in one of the bloodiest engagements of the war. This small yet important fight received some initial widespread attention but soon drifted into obscurity. In Milliken’s Bend, Linda Barnickel uncovers the story of this long-forgotten and highly controversial battle.
Linda Barnickel is an archivist and freelance writer with master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and The Ohio State University. Passionate about discovering the hidden and fascinating stories of history, she is interested in local history, military history, oral history, and the cultural power of archives.
Praise for Milliken's Bend
"Linda Barnickel makes a significant contribution to Civil War scholarship through her exceptional book, Milliken's Bend."—On Point: The Journal of Army History
"Tthe legacy of the battle and the men on both sides come alive again in Linda Barnickel's stellar new monograph. Her book, more than 20 years in the making, is much more than a mere battle narrative." —Civil War Times
"Barnickel provides a clear and workable summary of the Battle of Milliken’s Bend itself, which was not easy given the inconsistent accounts of the engagement. She does an admirable job sorting through the conflicting evidence, weighing and analyzing it, and providing plausible explanations of what probably happened where accounts do not agree."—Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
“Impressively researched and well-written. . . . Barnickel excels by situating the fight at Milliken’s Bend in the longer history of slavery, emancipation, and white racial anxieties in the hinterlands of Louisiana.”—H-CivWar
"An exhaustively researched gem and a model for future combined battle and memory studies.”—Civil War Books and Authors
"[Barnickel] does a wonderful job setting up the whole nature of Negro soldiers and how they were viewed by Union soldiers and officers and of course, Southerners. Her work studies race relations and places the context of the event within a larger historical framework. The evolution of Southern fears concerning slave revolts and how violently they dealt with such incidents. The venomous reaction by Southerners (men and women) to the Unions decision to arm blacks. The nature of Northern racism and their treatment of the newly formed black regiments is also keenly handled."—Civil War Voices
Links for Milliken's Bend
Author's book page http://www.millikensbend.com/book/
Linda Barnickel discusses Milliken's Bend on Civil War Talk Radio
Friends Across the Color Line (The Civil War Monitor)
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