The battle of fort pillow (april 12, 1864) in april 1864, the union garrison at fort pillow, a confederate-built earthen fortification and a union-built inner redoubt, overlooking the mississippi river about forty river miles above memphis, comprised 295 white tennessee troops and 262 us colored troops, all under the command of maj lionel f booth. The battle of fort donelson was fought from february 11 to february 16, 1862, in the western theater of the american civil war the capture of the fort by union forces opened the cumberland river as an avenue for the invasion of the south. The fort pillow massacre occurred after the union defeat at the battle of fort pillow in henning, tennessee on april 12, 1864 during the initial phase of the battle, the confederate army bombarded the fort with artillery in an attempt to get the union soldiers inside to surrender.
Civil war harper's weekly, april 30, 1864 you are viewing our online collection of harper's weekly newspapers published during the civil war these newspapers served as the primary source of information for people during the civil war era. The battle of fort pillow, also known as the fort pillow massacre, particularly in the north, was fought on april 12, 1864, at fort pillow on the mississippi river in henning, tennessee, during the american civil war. Battle of fort pillow it is almost as difficult to find consistent information about the incident at fort pillow as it is to determine the moral significance of its outcome scholars disagree about exactly what transpired on april 12, 1864 at fort pillow, when general nathan bedford forrest captured the fort with his 1,500 troops and claimed. The battle of fort henry took place february 6, 1862, during the american civil war (1861-1865) and was one of the first actions of brigadier general ulysses s grant's campaign in tennessee with the start of the civil war , kentucky declared neutrality and stated it would align against the first side to violate its territory.
Nathan bedford forrest and the battle of fort pillow, 1864 by ed kennedy the september 2012 issue of armchair general magazine includes the battlefield leader article on civil war confederate general nathan bedford forrest. The battle of the crater, part of the petersburg campaign, was the result of an unusual attempt, on the part of union forces, to break through the confederate defenses just south of the critical railroad hub of petersburg, virginia, during the american civil war (1861–1865. One of the greatest cavalrymen of the civil war, confederate general nathan bedford forrest allegedly permitted the massacre at fort pillow during the war and was associated with the ku klux klan. The battle of fort pillow is often referred to as the fort pillow massacre due to the overwhelming union casualties, and as the confederate army specifically targeted african american soldiers more than 180,000 african american soldiers served in the union army during the civil war and of these, sixteen earned the medal of honor soldiers. April 12 is the 154th anniversary of the civil war battle and massacre at fort pillow, located on the mississippi river near henning, tennesseeit was a strategic location, held by united states (union) forces just north of memphis and controlling river access to and from st louis and the ohio river valley.
The two artillery units in fort pillow were two such african-american units manned by, in the official term used during the civil war, us colored troops roughly half of the fort pillow garrison’s strength was african-american union soldiers. September 17, 1862-the battle of antietam (or sharpsburg), maryland, the bloodiest single day of the civil war the result of the battle ends general lee's first invasion of the north the result of the battle ends general lee's first invasion of the north. The fort pillow state historic park preserves the site of the fort the park’s museum offers civil war artifacts including a canon and interpretive displays relating to the history of fort pillow the park is open from 8:00 am until sunset and the museum is open from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm seven days a week.
The battle of fort fisher has been the subject of many books and papers authors, living in the time of the civil war and from both sides of the political divide, have written about the conflict modern day writers continue to research battles fought tactics used, as well as, views on slavery. Essay: the battle of fort pillow confederate sharpshooters claimed the lives of several key union officers during the morning assault on the fort the losses included the commanding officer major loinel f booth, and his second in command shortly after that however, the issue is not so clear to civil war historians the first and. 3 to meet today’s needs for an accurate and complete history of fort pillow and its significance during the american civil war the deeper history of the fort pillow area. Fort pillow was occupied throughout most of the war between the states by union or confederate forces the fortification was named after general gideon j pillow, a mexican war hero early during the war, the confederacy saw the necessity for defending against a union invasion of the south by way of the mississippi river.
The battle of fort pillow, also known as the fort pillow massacre, was fought on april 12, 1864, at fort pillow on the mississippi river in henning, tennessee, during the american civil war. Ulysses s grant and the american civil war ulysses s grant was the most acclaimed union general during the american civil war  and was twice elected president grant began his military career as a cadet at the united states military academy at west point in 1839. Here, writing for history extra, sanger explores seven facts and fictions surrounding the american civil war the power of stories was instrumental to life during and after the civil war, with rumour, superstition and tale-telling pervading the american mindset.
The most famous civil war black regiment the most famous and well-known african american unit during the civil war was the 54th massachusetts regiment the 54th massachusetts was the first african american regiment to be recruited in the north and consisted of free men (the 1st south carolina regiment was recruited in southern territory and was made up of freed slaves. What they saw at fort pillow posted in african americans , leadership , memory by andy hall on august 2, 2012 while doing research on something else, i came across a couple of accounts of the aftermath of the confederate assault on fort pillow, written by naval officers of uss silver cloud (above), the union “tinclad” gunboat that was the. Memphis, tn (wmc) - tuesday, dozens gathered in memphis to honor a group of black soldiers and civilians who died during a civil war battle in tennessee the unveiling of this historical marker.