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Black History Month: Fort Pillow State Historic Park

"Remember Fort Pillow" would become the battle cry among black Union soldiers after Confederate troops massacred 229 black soldiers. The event occurred after Union troops were defeated at the Battle of Fort Pillow in 1864. The Confederate States Army gunned down over 300 soldiers most of them black who had surrendered. Their refusal to treat the soldiers as traditional POW's infuriated the North. The political controversy would later lead to a federal investigation.

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