The Massacre at Fort Pillow.
Original Author: Unknown
Created: 1887
Medium: Engraving

The Massacre at Fort Pillow.

This nineteenth-century engraving depicts the massacre of African American soldiers at Fort Pillow, Tennessee, on April 12, 1864. This image was published in Joseph T. Wilson's The Black Phalanx: A History of the Negro Soldiers of the United States in the Wars of 17751812, 1861'65 (1887). Wilson referred to this attack as a "shocking crime of wanton, indiscriminate murder of some three hundred soldiers" merely because of their race. He further described the event as a "carnival of murder."

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