Fort Pillow, a Civil War Massacre, and Public Memory
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 affords readers a new vantage on the American Civil War as viewed through the lens of the Confederate...more
Paperback, 193 pages
Published April 8th 2011 by Louisiana State University Press
(first published October 2005)
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After reading the description of John Cimprich’s book Fort Pillow, I was a little surprised that the majority of his book did not actually talk about the massacre. Since part of the title of the book is A Civil War massacre and public memory, I expected the majority of the book to cover this topic and was surprised that I was roughly seventy percent of the way through the book before these two things were mentioned. While it is important to understand the context for the massacre so that the rea...more