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River Run Red: The Fort Pillow Massacre in the American Civil War
     

River Run Red: The Fort Pillow Massacre in the American Civil War

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by Andrew Ward
 

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On April 12, 1864, on the Tennessee banks of the Mississippi River, a force of more than 3,000 Confederate cavalrymen under General Nathan Bedford Forrest stormed Fort Pillow, 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, over 60 black soldiers had been

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On April 12, 1864, on the Tennessee banks of the Mississippi River, a force of more than 3,000 Confederate cavalrymen under General Nathan Bedford Forrest stormed Fort Pillow, 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, over 60 black soldiers had been captured and re-enslaved, and over 100 white soldiers 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.

River Run Red vividly depicts the incompetence and corruption of Union occupation in Tennessee, the horrors of guerrilla warfare, the legacy of slavery, and the pent-up bigotry and rage that found its release at Fort Pillow. Andrew Ward brings to life the garrison’s black soldiers and their ambivalent white comrades, and the former slave trader Nathan Bedford Forrest and his ferocious cavalry, in a fast-paced narrative that hurtles toward that fateful April day and beyond.

Destined to become as controversial as the battle itself, River Run Red establishes Fort Pillow’s true significance in the annals of American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440649295
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/31/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
1,017,402
File size:
959 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Andrew Ward is the author of numerous books, including the award-winning Dark Midnight When I Rise. He is a commentator for National Public Radio and columnist for the Washington Post.

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River Run Red: The Fort Pillow Massacre in the American Civil War 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Living just 3 miles from Fort Pillow. I'm well familar with the fact, fiction, and political spin placed on it. Mr. Ward has done a superb job of researching and compiling the facts into an entertaining and logical work which is the closest to the truth that any author has done. Other books concerning the Fort Pillow Massacre spend the majority of their time either villifying Forest or Exonerating him. My only regret is that this story won't get out the the majority of schoolchildren who will study the Civil War in classes, but will probably never even hear of Ft. Pillow in their classrooms