Fort Pillow Controversy

1864: The Battle of Fort Pillow takes place.  Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest led 2,500 troops against a Union held position, containing roughly 600 Union soldiers (Split of white and African-American).  After a clear Confederate Victory, the Union were given a chance to surrender.  Initially rejected, the Union were forced to surrender after imminent defeat.  Atrocities performed by the South against the Union (namely the African-American soldiers) happened in the aftermath, starting the alleged Fort Pillow Massacre.  Confederate soldiers are blamed with slaugthering African-American troops, as well as burying them alive, and setting fire to sick tents.  Confederates deny that such an event took place.

http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_fort_pillow_1864.html

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