Unerring Fire

The Massacre at Fort Pillow

Richard Fuchs

 
Publication date:
November 2017
Publisher :
Stackpole Books
Language:
English
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9780811736695

Dimensions : 230 X 150 mm
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£11.95

Overview
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What really happened at Fort Pillow on April 12, 1864?
The Union called it a massacre.
The Confederacy called it necessity.
TheTennessee spring came early that year, "awakening regional plants as warmer air and mois soil nurtured new life. Across the landscape could be seen the faint hint of green as sweet gum, hickory, oak cottonwood,…Sweet Williams, and wild dogwood added their hues.” This serene backdrop in hardly the place where one would imagine such a one-sided military atrocity to take place.
Although at first glance the numbers are hardly noteworthy, the casualty ratio speaks volumes on the event. Eyewitness accounts relate "vivid recollection” of the numerous and specific nature of the injuries suffered by the survivors.”
Controversy and scandal surround the Southern general Nathan Bedford Forrest. Why did it seem that he passively watched his men attack and mutilate more than one hundred apparently unarmed soldiers?
Perhaps the biggest controversy involved racial prejudice. Was there a reason