Fort Pillow, a Civil War Massacre, and Public Memory [NOOK Book]

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At the now-peaceful spot of Tennessee's Fort Pillow State Historic Area, a horrific incident in the nation's bloodiest war occurred on April 12, 1864. Just as a high bluff in the park offers visitors a panoramic view of the Mississippi River, John Cimprich's absorbing book covers the entire history of Fort Pillow, including its construction by Confederates, its capture and occupation by Federals, the massacre, and ongoing debates surrounding that affair. He sets the scene for the carnage by describing the social ...

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Overview

At the now-peaceful spot of Tennessee's Fort Pillow State Historic Area, a horrific incident in the nation's bloodiest war occurred on April 12, 1864. Just as a high bluff in the park offers visitors a panoramic view of the Mississippi River, John Cimprich's absorbing book covers the entire history of Fort Pillow, including its construction by Confederates, its capture and occupation by Federals, the massacre, and ongoing debates surrounding that affair. He sets the scene for the carnage by describing the social conflicts in federally occupied areas between secessionists and unionists as well as between blacks and whites. Cimprich concludes that racism was at the heart of the Fort Pillow massacre and shows how Major General Nathan B. Forrest attacked the garrison with a force outnumbering the Federals roughly 1,500 to 600. A breakdown of Confederate discipline resulted and the 65 percent death toll for black unionists was approximately twice that for white unionists.

In a careful reconstruction of the assault, Cimprich balances vivid firsthand reports with a judicious narrative and analysis of events. Fort Pillow, a Civil War Massacre, and Public Memory provides a valuable perspective on the massacre and, through it, on the war and the world in which it occurred.

John Cimprich, the author of Slavery's End in Tennessee, 1861—1865, is a professor of history at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

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"This is a thorough, well-researched, and balanced book. Cimprich's exhaustive analysisof the entire documentary record should end debate on the historical reality of the Fort Pillow Massacre. But the author is at his most innovative when he uses social and cultural history methods to reveal intriguing new facets of a topic some might have thought exhausted. This work is not only a study of a battlefield atrocity but is also a significant addition to the growing literature on the Civil War at the community level." — Journal of Southern History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807139493
  • Publisher: LSU Press
  • Publication date: 4/8/2011
  • Series: Conflicting Worlds Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

John Cimprich, the author of Slavery's End in Tennessee, 1861—1865, is a professor of history at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Map of Mid-Mississippi Valley 1

Map of Fort Pillow in 1864 2

Chapter 1 The Fort's Beginnings 3

Chapter 2 The Federal Attack 14

Chapter 3 Military Life at the Fort 38

Chapter 4 The First Federal Garrison 49

Chapter 5 The Last Garrison and the Massacre 70

Chapter 6 The Massacre's Aftermath 86

Chapter 7 Public Memory and Fort Pillow 108

Appendix A Tables 125

Appendix B Compiling Data for Table 7 130

Notes 133

Bibliography 167

Index 185

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