Books: Fiction

Crossing Ebenezer Creek

Book – Historical fiction. By Tonya Bolden. 2017. 240 pages.
A moving account of the Civil War massacre at Ebenezer Creek in Georgia.

Time Periods: Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements

Crossing Ebenezer CreekCrossing Ebenezer is an extraordinary book of historical fiction about the December 9, 1864, Massacre at Ebenezer Creek, where, on the march to Savannah, thousands of African American families who had just escaped from slavery were left to drown by Sherman’s Army.

The protagonist is a young girl, Mariah, who flees slavery to join Sherman’s March. She escapes along with her younger brother and a woman who is mentally ill as a result of traumas on the plantation. Mariah recounts the daily and many forms of torture carried out by plantation owners.

Ebenezer Creek MarkerReaders also learn how the enslaved resisted, protecting culture and family in any and every way they could.

In the epilogue, author Tonya Bolden explains that demands by Black ministers after the massacre led to the short-lived land distribution during Reconstruction known as Sherman’s Special Field Order No. 15.

ISBN: 9781599903194 | Published by Bloomsbury.

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