NYS Writers Institute, October 5, 2000
Dr. Ballard teaches history and African-American studies at the University at Albany. He has published two nonfiction books, The Education of Black Folk and One More Day's Journey, and his articles have appeared in popular journals and newspapers, including The New York Times, which just recently published his reflections on the Battle of Gettysburg.
"The important story of black soldiers in the Union army has finally found a writer of historical fiction equal to the occasion." - James McPherson
"Allen Ballard has helped fill a void in America's military history. Through his novelistic gift, we see the underappreciated role of the black soldier in the Union victory spring to life." - Joseph E. Persico
"Allen Ballard's thrilling drama gives Civil War history a real life, starting with its fugitive slave carpenter protagonist. Sergeant Joe Duckett makes a fine soldier and attractive lover whose joys and sorrows reflect that infernally American peculiar institution. What a terrific story!" - Nell Irvin Painter
"Built around the campaigns of the 3rd U.S. Colored Cavalry Regiment. . .The Civil War explodes through dimensions of history bypassed by a horde of historians. Now Allen B. Ballard has drawn back the curtain on yet another marvelous and moving epoch of the Black experience of that time." - John A. Williams
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