LSU Press book wins Civil War history award

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE – "Milliken's Bend: A Civil War Battle in History and Memory," by Linda Barnickel, won the A. M. Pate Jr. Award in Civil War History this month.

Created to honor outstanding original research on the Trans-Mississippi sector of the Civil War, the Pate Award will be presented at the meeting of the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table in January.

"Milliken's Bend," published by LSU Press in April 2013, is a compelling and comprehensive account of the battle of Milliken's Bend at which a Union force composed predominantly of former slaves met their Confederate adversaries in one of the bloodiest engagements of the war.

Though the fight received some widespread attention initially, it soon drifted into obscurity.

Barnickel's exhaustive research has uncovered the story of this long-forgotten battle, whose controversial aftermath led to a congressional investigation and the suspension of prisoner exchanges between North and South.