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Fort Pillow, A Civil War Massacre, and Public Memory

by Cimprich, John
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Retail Price: $29.95
Issue: Spring 2006
ISBN: 0807131105

John Cimprich recounts the story of Fort Pillow, the sizable garrison that stood forty miles north of Memphis, Tennessee and was of strategic value during the Civil War. While the conflict that occurred there on April 12, 1864 was of great significance, the assault of the Union-held fort by Maj. Nathan B. Forrest and his men proved especially gruesome, as a pitched battle was transformed into the brutal massacre of black unionists. Cimprich places the carnage of this day in context by using firsthand reports and revealing the many social tensions that existed between secessionists and unionists as well as blacks and whites.

review of Fort Pillow, A Civil War Massacre, and Public Memory, by Cimprich, John, Civil War Book Review, (Spring 2006).