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(January 2012) Enlarge The old Mississippi River bed below the Union redoubt
Steven Hippensteel photo


(3-93) Another view looking at the old river bed from the redoubt


(January 2012) Enlarge South wall of the Union redoubt
Steven Hippensteel photo

(3-93) Right front wall of the Union redoubt
Interpretive Markers (2012) by Steven Hippensteel

Fort Pillow Timeline

Fort Pillow Controversy
Fort Pillow 1861-1862


(3-93) East view of south wall. Site Marker: Union Mass Burial Site. After the Battle of Fort Pillow on April 12, 1864, many of the Union casualties were buried in a mass grave at this end of the fort. The bodies were laid in the moat and dirt was shoveled down from the parapet. In the spring of 1866 the bodies were exhumed and re-interred in the memorial cemetery south of the fort
Interpretive Marker (2012): Fort Pillow 1864. The Union Mass Burial Site Steven Hippensteel photo


(3-93)  Interior of Union main redoubt, east view, Old Mississippi River bluff at left. 1993 Tour Guide: Main Redoubt: This hilltop area was protected by breastworks constructed by the Federal army and described as being 6 ft. wide and 8 ft. high with a trench 12 ft. wide by 6 ft. deep on the outside. Cuts in the breastworks were provided for guns. Battle Site: Today the original breastworks  remain in good condition. The park's extensive trail system follows the breastworks in many places. The redoubt or fortification defended by Union forces in the 1864 battle has been restored after an extensive archaeological study. Interpretive signs relate primary information about the battle

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