Kevin Levin on The Crater

Here you can watch and listen to Kevin Levin discuss the Battle of the Crater. Enjoy!

PS: I was so waiting for Grayson Jennings to say something to Kevin’s face. Guess he was skeered. Hard to restore the honor when you have none, Grayson.

6 thoughts on “Kevin Levin on The Crater

  1. Bob Nelson August 21, 2014 / 3:50 pm

    Great presentation. Thanks. I will have to check out Kevin’s blog. Know that you reference him quite often but only now have learned that he is a history professor at the Gann Academy in Massachusetts. What amazed me last year (I would post a photo or two here if I could) was the size of the Crater when I was there with Pete Taylor and Mike Kiernan in 2013. What you see today is not a “smoking, gaping hole” but rather a very modest depression in the ground — perhaps 60 x 25 yards and about 10 yards deep. Erosion? I mention that because I was also surprised with the width/depth of the famous “Railroad Cut” at Second Manassas. CW era photos of it show it to be MUCH wider and deeper than what is visible today.

  2. Fergus August 21, 2014 / 10:48 pm

    I don’t want o appear a dolt from the UK but what is skeerd?

    • Brooks D. Simpson August 22, 2014 / 1:07 am

      Our Rebel friends use it to mean “scared.” A variation is “to put the skeer in them.”

      • Fergus August 22, 2014 / 7:24 am

        Oh I get it, thanks.

  3. Noma August 22, 2014 / 4:58 pm

    That was an amazing presentation. First time I have heard Kevin Levin speak, and the questions were great, too. The final comment was a doozy!

  4. Sandi Saunders August 24, 2014 / 1:28 pm

    Sad but interesting. Certainly speaks to the mindsets of the time. Some things never change.

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