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 Posted: Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 08:26 pm
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Good people. Excellent discussion on Ft. Pillow! There is no doubt that some "excesses" occurred there. But that wasn't the only incident of the red-eye running rampant. Sherman tossed it off as one of those things for which the Confederates would be required to pay ..... eventually. Ft. Pillow is a poster child of rampage on both sides.

It is, however, unfortunately true that the Confederacy's official attitude toward black soldiers was to execute their white officers and recommit the soldier to slavery. That goes a long way toward explaining Lincoln's reaction: "You kill POWs and we will reciprocate." Tit for tat. It was not a game.

Ole

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