“No quarter will be shown to the negro troops whatever”: Confederate threat to Columbus, KY

In the spring of 1864, Colonel William H. Lawrence commanded a garrison at Columbus, Kentucky built around eight companies of Lawrence’s 34th New Jersey Infantry. Like many other similar posts in west Tennessee and Kentucky, the garrison’s duties were relatively quiet compared to the front lines of the war.  While earlier in the war, ColumbusContinue reading ““No quarter will be shown to the negro troops whatever”: Confederate threat to Columbus, KY”

150 years ago at Fort Pillow: “I saw the Union soliders, black and white, slaughtered….”

Just one of many accounts collected by Brigadier-General Mason Brayman after the battle of Fort Pillow, fought on April 12, 1864: Cairo, Ill., April 23, 1864. Elois Bevel, being duly sworn, deposes and says: I am a citizen of Osceola, Ark. I was driven from my home by guerrillas. I arrived at Fort Pillow, Tenn.,Continue reading “150 years ago at Fort Pillow: “I saw the Union soliders, black and white, slaughtered….””

“If you persist in defense, you must take the consequences”: The battle of the Sevenths at Union City

Mention the 7th Tennessee Cavalry and you must provide a qualifier – “Union” or “Confederate.” While this is not unique to that particular regiment, with several numbered Tennessee union regiments of infantry and cavalry on the records, what does set those “Sevenths” apart from the others is what happened on March 24, 1864.  On thatContinue reading ““If you persist in defense, you must take the consequences”: The battle of the Sevenths at Union City”