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The Massacre At Fort Pillow

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Day
22
Month
April
Year
1864
Copyright
Public Domain
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Cairo, April 14. On Tuesday raorning, Forrest, with soma 6,U00 men, attacked Fort Pillow. Soon after the altaok Forrest sent a flag of truce, demanding the Burreáder of the fort and garrison, meanvvhile disposing his foro so a3 to gain decided advaniage. Major Booth, of theïliirtecnth Tennessee Oavalry, in comrnand, with 400 of that regiment and '200 of the First Battallioo of the Sixth Uuted Stntes Heavy Artillory, forrnerly the First Alabama Cavalry (colored). The fliig of truco was refused and fightinij resumed. Altorwards severa! fluga oaine in, which were also refused - Both flags gave the rebels advautage in gaioing now positions. The battle was kopt up till 3 P. M., when Major Booth was killed and Major Brüdford (ook command, The rebels now carne in swanns over the works, praesing our troupe and compolling them tr surrender. Immediately npon the surrendur ensued a scène which baffles description. Up to that time comparatively few of our men were killed, bat as ïn.natiate ng öends, bloodlbirety as devila incarnate, the Coníederatea commeoced en indis criininattí butoheiyot whitea and bluc.ks Dcluding those of both colors previously wounded. The black .Boldiers becoming demoralized rushed to the rear of the white offioors, having thrown down tbeir arm.' Both whitj and black were bayoneted, shot, or sabred, oven dead bodies were horribly mutilated. Children neven and eight years oíd, and eeveral negro women, were killed in cold blood. - Soldiers unable to gpeak, trom wounds, were shot dead, and their bodies rolled down the banks into the river. Doad and wounded negroes were piled in huts and burned. Several citizens who joined our forcea íor protection, were killed or wounded. Out of the garrison of 600 only 200 reraained alive. Arnong our dead officers are Captain Bradford, Lieutenants Bazer, Ackerman, Wilwon, Rivel, and Major Booth, all of the Thirteenth Teunessee, Cavalry. Captain Foston, Lieutenant Logan, of the Thirteenth Tennesaee, Captain Young, of the Tnronty-fourth Missouri, acting Provopt Marshal, were taken prisoners. - Major Bradford was also capturad, but is said to hve esuaped. It is feared however, he has been killed.! The steainer Platte Valley came up about half-past three and was bailed by the rebels under a flag of truce. Men were sent ashore to bury the dead and take aboard such wounded as the rebels had allowed to live. Fifty-seven were taken. aboard, including suven or eight colored, and eight died on the way up. The steainer arrived nero this evening, and immediately wont to the Mouud City Hospital to discharge her sufler ing ctirgo. Among the wounded officers of the colored troops are Captain Porter, Lieutehant Libbett and Adjutant Lemming. Six guns capturad by the rebels were carried off, including two 10-pound Parrotts, and 2 12 pound howitirs. A large amount of stores were destroyed or carried away. The intention of the rebels seeined to be to evacúate the place and move on towards Mornphia, Washington, April 16. Yesterday aftarnoon dispatches were reccived here from Gen. Sherman confirmiüg the surrender of Port Pillow and the brutal conduct of the rebels iinmedialely afterwards, which bids fair to be amply retaliated iu that sectiou in due time. The Star says : According to Gen. Sherman our loss was 53 whita troops killed, 100 wounded, and 300 b'acks murdered in cold blood after the surrender. Fort Pillow is an isolated post of no value whatever to the defensa of Columbua, and utterly untenable by tho rebels who have no doubt left that vicinity ere this, haviug been disappoiuted, with considerable loss, in the object of their raid, which was the capture oí Columbus, whence they were promptly but severely repulsed, with no los-i to us. We are satisfied that due investigation will show that the loss of Fort Pillow was simply the result of a mistake of the local commander, who occupied it against direct orders - a contingeucy iücident to all wars The rebels, according to official dispatches received here last evening, eifecteduothiug at Paducah, having a soldier killed or wounded for every horse they succeeded in stealing, and doiiig us no other daniage than throwing a few shots. Forrest's rangers ill next ippear in the vicinity of Metuphis, where they can effect no more than at Columbus ar.d Paducah, and stand a very poor chance indeed of getting away froni overwhelmDg forces

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