Summary Statement, 4th Quarter, 1863 – Alabama

At the end of the third quarter summaries, I made mention of several USCT artillery units that had either just formed or were forming in the second half of 1863. One of those was the 1st Alabama Siege Artillery (African Descent), formed at LaGrange, LaFayette, and Memphis, Tennessee starting in June 1863. As each newContinue reading “Summary Statement, 4th Quarter, 1863 – Alabama”

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….””