Fort Pillow is not a Devil Ray

Massacre or battle? Perhaps, a bit of both. Nathan Bedford Forrest, regarded by some as the hardest fighting general ever to wear a uniform, attacked Fort Pillow in Tennesse. There were roughly 500 Union soldiers guarding the fort, about half of these soldiers were black. After a short battle, the Union garrison surrendered. Bedford’s troops stormed in and killed without quarter almost every Union soldier left alive, including a few women and children. Many black soldiers were buried alive. No one knows how many perished but at least 400 were killed. After the war, Forrest went on to create the Klu Klux Klan and became it’s first Imperial Wizard.


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