Re: [civilwarwest] Fort Pillow
- In a message dated 3/5/2005 6:46:52 PM Mountain Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
There are three well written and, more importantly, well-researched accounts of the massacre at Fort Pillow: the oldest was Albert Casteel’s first published work, “The Fort Pillow Massacre: A Fresh Examination of the Evidence,” _Civil War History_ March 1958. The second is an article by John Cimprich and Robert C. Mainfort, Jr published also in _Civil War History_ (December 1982). The third is _An Unerring Fire: The Massacre at Fort Pillow_ by Richard Fuchs (Stackpole, $22.95) (See the review at http://www.civilwarnews.com/reviews/bookreviews.cfm?ID=341 ). To quote the reviewer, “this tragic episode could have easily been avoided, but that racial hatred prevailed and that the demons that drove Nathan Bedford Forrest all his life were unleashed in a climactic feeding frenzy hitherto not seen on an American battlefield.”-------------Bob,I just got my hands on another article today. It is by Cimprich and Mainfort and is called "The Fort Pillow Massacre: A Statistical Note," in the _Journal of American History,_ Vol 76, Issue 3, Dec, 1989, pp. 830-837. A quick skimming of the article indicates they identify problems with John L. Jordan's article from the June, 1947 issue of _Tennessee Historical Quarterly,_ "Was There a Massacre at Fort Pillow?" and an article by Charles W. Anderson in the Nov, 1895 issue of _Confederate Veteran,_ "The True Story of Fort Pillow." They also give tabulated data on Federal casualties in the massacre.Regards,Cash
- The Critter Co book seems to be largely discredited because itm is more
fiction than fact. Wyeth is usually accwepted as accurate.