150th Anniversary Of Controversial Fort Pillow Battle

(WREG-TV) The Battle of Fort Pillow, also known by some as the Fort Pillow Massacre, was fought on April 12, 1864, at Fort Pillow on the Mississippi River in Henning, Tennessee.

The Civil War battle ended with a massacre of Federal black troops, some while attempting to surrender.

The fort was originally built by Confederate troops in 1861 and named after General Gideon J. Pillow of Maury County.

“Remember Fort Pillow!” became a battle cry among Black soldiers for the remainder of the Civil War.