Fort Pillow by Harry Turtledove
A Novel of the Civil War

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In April 1864, the Union garrison at Fort Pillow was comprised of almost six hundred troops, about half of them black.  The Confederacy, incensed by what it saw as a crime against nature, sent its fiercest cavalry commander, Nathan Bedford Forrest, to attack the fort with about 1,500 men.  The Confederates overran the fort and drove the Federals into a deadly crossfire.  Only sixty-two of the U.S. colored troops survived the fight unwounded.  Many accused the Confederates of massacring the black troops after the fort fell and fighting should have ceased. The “Fort Pillow Massacre” became a Union rallying cry and cemented resolve to see the war through to its conclusion.
Harry Turtledove has written a dramatic recreation of an astounding battle, telling a bloody story of courage and hope, freedom and hatred. With brilliant characterization of all the main figures, this is a novel that reminds us that Fort Pillow was more than a battle---it was a clash of ideas between men fighting to define what being an American ought to mean.

About Harry Turtledove

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Harry Turtledove is the award-winning author of the alternate-history works The Man with the Iron Heart, The Guns of the South, and How Few Remain (winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Novel); the War That Came Early novels: West and East, Hitler's War, and The Big Switch; the Worldwar saga: In the Balance, Tilting the Balance, Upsetting the Balance, and Striking the Balance; the Colonization books: Second Contact, Down to Earth, and Aftershocks; the Great War epics: American Front, Walk in Hell, and Breakthroughs; the American Empire novels: Blood & Iron, The Center Cannot Hold, and Victorious Opposition; and the Settling Accounts series: Return Engagement, Drive to the East, The Grapple, and In at the Death. Turtledove is married to fellow novelist Laura Frankos. They have three daughters: Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca.
Published April 1, 2007 by St. Martin's Press. 336 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Turtledove revisits the controversial 1864 Battle at Fort Pillow, also known as the Fort Pillow Massacre, in this even-handed, readable historical novel (after Days of Infamy) about the bloodbath in western Tennessee, where the Civil War pitted ""neighbor against neighbor."" The defenders at the ...

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More specifically, half of it is held by white soldiers, and the other half by Negro soldiers.

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