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The battlefield reputation of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest, long recognized as a formidable warrior, has been shaped by one infamous wartime incident. At Fort Pillow in 1864, the attack by Confederate forces under Forrests command left many of the Tennessee Unionists and black soldiers garrisoned there dead in a confrontation widely labeled as a “massacre.” In The River Was Dyed with Blood, Brian Steel Wills argues that although atrocities did occur after the fall of the fort, Forrest did not order or intend a systematic execution of its defenders. Rather, the generals great failing was losing control of his troops.

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Brian Steel Wills is the author of numerous books on Civil War history, including The Confederacy's Greatest Cavalryman: Nathan Bedford Forrest and George Henry Thomas: As True as Steel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806144535
Author:
Wills, Brian Steel
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
US History-1800 to Civil War
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 bandw illus., 4 maps
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

» History and Social Science » Military » Civil War » General
» History and Social Science » Military » US Military » General
» History and Social Science » US History » 1800 to Civil War
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» History and Social Science » World History » General

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The battlefield reputation of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest, long recognized as a formidable warrior, has been shaped by one infamous wartime incident. At Fort Pillow in 1864, the attack by Confederate forces under Forrests command left many of the Tennessee Unionists and black soldiers garrisoned there dead in a confrontation widely labeled as a “massacre.” In The River Was Dyed with Blood, Brian Steel Wills argues that although atrocities did occur after the fall of the fort, Forrest did not order or intend a systematic execution of its defenders. Rather, the generals great failing was losing control of his troops.

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