Fort Pillow

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Fort Pillow (1862-1864) A Confederate U.S. Civil War fort designed by Brigadier General Gideon Johnson Pillow in early 1862 and captured by Union forces in June 1862. Recaptured by Confederates in April 1864 with great losses among the Union defenders. The engagement became known as the Fort Pillow "Massacre". Abandoned in 1864.

Fort Pillow Interior

History of Fort Pillow

Union forces captured Fort Pillow on 4 Jun 1862. The fort was recaptured by Confederate forces under Confederate Brigadier General Nathan Bedford Forrest on 12 Apr 1864 with great loss of life for the Union defenders. Of the 551 union defenders, 221 were killed and many wounded. An investigating committee after the war determined that atrocities had been committed by the Confederates and the action became known as the Fort Pillow "Massacre". The confederates maintained the the losses were sustain because the Union troops refused to surrender.

The fort was abandoned in 1864.

Current Status

Fort Pillow State Historic Park.

Location: Fort Pillow State Historic Park, Lauderdale County, Tennessee.

Maps & Images

Lat: 035.6324 Long: -089.8487



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