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As far as skirmishes go, Fort Pillow was a completely unremarkable fight. Before attacking, Forrest demanded the unconditional surrender of the Union garrison, a normal custom of his, and he warned the Union commanding officer that he would not be responsible for his soldiers' actions if the warning went unheeded. What made Fort Pillow markedly different was that a sizable amount of the Union garrison defending the Fort was comprised of black soldiers, which particularly enraged Confederate soldiers whenever they encountered those they viewed as former slaves in the field.
It is still unclear exactly how the fighting unfolded, but what is clear is that an unusually high percentage of Union soldiers were killed, and the Confederates were accused of massacring black soldiers after they had surrendered. Primary sources tell conflicting accounts of what happened at Battle of Fort Pillow, leaving scholars to piece together the battle and determine whether Confederate soldiers purposely shot Union soldiers after they had surrendered. The Fort Pillow Massacre: The History and Legacy of the Civil War's Most Notorious Battle chronicles the history of the Civil War's most infamous massacre.
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By Jon on 05-13-15
A booklet not a book!
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Someone with a short attention span
Would you ever listen to anything by Charles River Editors again?
How could the performance have been better?
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The story was very powerful it was just far to short
Any additional comments?
This is not a Talking book but a talking pamphlet. There has been no new major work undertaken into any aspect of the Fort Pillow massacre. What we were given was a lightening tour and that was very disappointing
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