AfriGeneas Military Research Forum
Re: Remember Fort Pillow
In Response To: Remember Fort Pillow ()
Please be very careful in reading all of this. The report of the Gooch and Wade committee is not included. It runs about forty pages-and thousands of copies were made for distribution.
Be especially careful with the reading of the Henry book excerpt. By careful extrapolation and even more careful omissions the goal is a simple one-to support the idea that there was really no massacre-While it gives some credence to reports of killings after surrender-(mostly attributing them to skulkers and prowlers) many pieces are downplayed or omitted entirely so that you are supposed to believe that this is an objective report, WHICH IT IS NOT!!!
One of the largest chapters in my work in progress is devoted to Fort Pillow-using all primary sources, and the evidence I have found clearly supports the allegations of a massacre. To me, one of the most appalling lapses was the fact that although clear guilt was found, Forrest was never prosecuted for it.
Question everything. Look at the primary sources and really study them. I promise that some will disturb you very strongly. When it comes to the Black troops, you will quickly realize that some of their worst enemies were within the Union Army. As an example-look at Port Hudson. Those hundreds of lives were virtually thrown away. Sent into a basin where the Confederates on much higher ground could literally pick them off. Look at the "Battle of the Crater," where again numerous lives were lost because of poor judgement,-from the changes in the gunpowder charges to disagreements and jealousies between generals to a drunken officer who cowered in safety while his men were slaughtered.
If we are to pass on the truth, we must understand it to the best of our ability. Thanks