Forgotten atrocity of the Civil War
Good lord. You may not want to read this, but you should. By Fergus Bordewich over at the WSJ:
On April 12, 1864, the worst war crime ever perpetrated during the Civil War took place on a bluff above the Mississippi River, 65 miles north of Memphis, Tenn. Three years to the day after the firing on Fort Sumter, 1,500 Confederate troops swept over defenses of Fort Pillow and massacred hundreds of surrendering Union soldiers, most of them black.
There were shouts of “No quarter!” and cries to kill all the black soldiers as soon as the Confederates penetrated the fort. Union troops attempting to surrender were shot, hacked with sabers and beaten to death with rifle butts. According to eyewitnesses, several were burned to death in huts. Others were reportedly thrown into pits with the dead and buried alive.
Government investigators traveled to Tennessee two weeks after the battle to interview survivors. “We saw bodies still unburied of some sick men who had been fleeing from the hospital and beaten down and brutally murdered, and their bodies left where they had fallen,” one investigator reported. “We could still see the faces, hands and feet of men, white and black, protruding out of the ground.”
Don’t ask impertinent questions like that jackass Adept Lu.