|Posted:||March 29, 2021 11:26 AM|
|From:||Senator Art Haywood|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Remembering the Fort Pillow Massacre|
|In the near future, I will introduce a resolution to recognize 12 April 2021 as the 157th anniversary of the Fort Pillow Massacre.
The Battle of Fort Pillow occurred on 12 April 1864 at Fort Pillow, Tennessee during the American Civil War. At the time, the Fort was being held by a garrison of about 600 Union men, approximately half of whom were Black soldiers. Roughly 1,500-2,000 Confederate soldiers, led by General Nathan Bedford Forrest, attacked Union troops stationed at the Fort. After a furious Confederate assault, the majority of the Union troops finally surrendered. Instead of being taken as prisoners of war, however, some 300 Union soldiers were simply gunned down after attempting to surrender and killed, including 200-250 Black American servicemen. Survivors' accounts stated that many were shot point-blank in the head.
After the massacre at Fort Pillow, the Union refused to participate in further prisoner exchanges with the Confederacy. However, the massacre increased the resolve of other Black Union soldiers, many of whom proceeded to use “Remember Fort Pillow” as their battle cry.
Please join me by co-sponsoring this important resolution to remember the sacrifices of those fallen soldiers during the Fort Pillow Massacre who fought honorably for a more perfect union.
Introduced as SR65