To contact the History faculty, visit the department's homepage.
This guide will introduce you to the best resources for doing research in United States history, both in the library and online.
If you need in-depth assistance or have questions about any of the resources mentioned in the guide, please contact Claudia Bissett, the liaison librarian for the History department.
CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL
MASSACRE AT FORT PILLOW, APRIL 12, 1864
Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest captured the Union-held Fort Pillow in Tennessee. The northern troops included African-American soldiers. Following the surrender, the Confederates massacred the black Union troops. A Federal congressional investigating committee subsequently verified that more than 300 blacks, including women and children, had been slain after the fort surrendered. After the incident, black soldiers going into battle used the cry “Remember Fort Pillow!”
Following the war, General Forrest became the first Grand Wizard of the newly formed Ku Klux Klan.