River run red : the Fort Pillow massacre in the American Civil War

by Ward, Andrew, 1946-

Format: Print Book 2005
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Civil War 973.736 WARD
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction E476.17.W37 2005
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On April 12, 1864, a force of more than 3,000 Confederate cavalry under Nathan Bedford Forrest galloped across West Tennessee to storm Fort Pillow on the Mississippi River, overwhelming a garrison of some 350 Southern white Unionists and over 300 former slaves turned artillerymen. By the next day, hundreds of Federals were dead or wounded, more than 60 black troops had been captured and reenslaved, and more than 100 white troops had been marched off to their doom at Andersonville. Confederates called this bloody battle and its aftermath a hard- won victory. Northerners deemed it premeditated slaughter. To this day, Fort Pillow remains one of the most controversial battles in American history.The fullest, most accurate account of the battle yet written, River Run Redvividly depicts the incompetence and corruption of Union occupation in Tennessee, the horrors of guerrilla warfare, and the pent-up bigotry and rage that found its release at Fort Pillow. Andrew Ward brings to life the garrison’s black troops and their ambivalent white comrades, and the intrepid Confederate cavalrymen who rode with the slave trading Nathan Bedford Forrest, future founder of the Ku Klux Klan.The result is a fast-paced narrative that hurtles toward that fateful April day and beyond to establish Fort Pillow’s true significance in the annals of American history. Destined to become as controversial as the battle itself, River Run Redis sure to appeal to readers of James McPherson’s bestselling Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Fort Pillow's military significance in the Civil War was dwarfed by its symbolism. It was a static Union position on Tennessee's Mississippi River bank, garrisoned by white and newly recruited black troops, and assaulted and captured in 1864 by Confederates who took few prisoners. Rebel commander Nathan Bedford Forrest, antebellum slaver, postbellum Klansman, exulted in his victory. To the North, however, the battle at Fort Pillow was a massacre, a term author Ward says he initially avoided in his research but concludes is the unavoidable truth. His history must be the last word on this historically highly controversial affair. It judiciously examines all arguments advanced in defense of Fort Pillow as a legitimate, albeit particularly brutal, act of war; his narrative integrates the Confederate case and then relentlessly refutes it in the particulars of the battle and its gory aftermath. He is masterful in setting its context of slavery's unraveling, and in his portraits of perpetrators and victims as well. The conflict in microcosm, Ward's history will capture the Civil War readership. --Gilbert Taylor Copyright 2005 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This massive narrative painstakingly recounts the notoriousAand much-disputedAmassacre of the Union garrison at Fort Pillow, Tenn., by Nathan Bedford Forrest's Confederate cavalry on April 12, 1864. The outnumbered garrison, containing an artillery regiment of 300 freed slaves and a cavalry regiment of 350 white Tennessee Unionists, asked for a truce but various errors on both sides led the Confederates to believe that the Union soldiers were refusing Forrest's call to surrender. The ensuing attack left approximately two-thirds of the garrison dead or taken prisoner. Ward (Dark Midnight When I Rise: The Story of the Jubilee Singers) details overwhelming evidence that many were killed while surrendering or wounded, and that the rebels slaughtered fleeing African-American civilians as well. A congressional investigation resulted, but Forrest returned to civilian life and reputedly went on to found the KKK. The author vividly builds his case, portraying a wide range of the actors in the drama as well as the broader contextAwestern Tennessee's unhappy history of slavery meant that the Union garrison was riven from within while assaulted from without. Ward's story of this notorious "collision of SouthernersAwhite and black" makes an outstanding addition to Civil War literature. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Fort Pillow, Battle of, Tenn., 1864.
Publisher New York :Viking,2005
Language English
Description xxiii, 531 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [495]-518) and index.
ISBN 0670034401
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