Lest We Forget - African American Military History by Researcher, 
					Author and Veteran Bennie McRae, Jr.

Reenactment of the "Battle of the Crater"

Narrative and Captions by Tony Dorty

Photos by Elaine Tyler

I was recently called up to help train and instruct cast members for the History Channel series, Civil War Combat. History Channel personnel were shooting the "Battle of the Crater" segment that will air this summer.

pThe segment is based on the diary of a white federal officer. Though there were several units of United States Colored Troops that participated in the "Battle of the Crater", we represented the 19th United States Colored Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 4th Division of the 9th Corps. The filming took place in Beaumont, California. I instructed black cast members on the history of the battle, and assisted in the training of the cast members for their role in the film.

Tony Dorty

Murry Dorty and Black cast members, History Channel segment,

Murry Dorty and Black cast members, History Channel segment, "Civil War Combat".

Black troops struggling through white federal troops to reach rebel trenches at the rim of the crater.

Black troops struggling through white federal troops to reach rebel trenches at the rim of the crater.

Black trooper secures downed rebel colors amid the carnage in the crater.

Black trooper secures downed rebel colors amid the carnage in the crater.

Mortal combat at the crater's rim, between rebel troops and federal forces.

Mortal combat at the crater's rim, between rebel troops and federal forces.

Mortal combat at the crater's rim, between rebel troops and federal forces.

Mortal combat at the crater's rim, between rebel troops and federal forces.

Mortal combat at the crater's rim, between rebel troops and federal forces.

Mortal combat at the crater's rim, between rebel troops and federal forces.

Black cast members rest between scenes.

Black cast members rest between scenes.

UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS IN THE CIVIL WAR

CIVIL WAR - UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS

Category: Civil War | Subcategory: Battles | Tags: California
Related Topics / Keywords / Phrases: 19th United States Colored Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 9th Corps, Battle of the Crater, California, Civil War, Civil War Combat, Elaine Tyler, History Channel, United States Colored Infantry, United States Colored Troops,