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In Tennessee, Union Navy mortar vessels begin the lengthy bombardment of Fort Pillow

Fort Pillow, Henning, Tennessee, 1862, artist's impression, zoomable image
04/14/1862
Union naval units from Commodore A. H. Foote's river force commenced what would be a long bombardment of Fort Pillow in western Tennessee.  Situated on the Chickasaw Bluffs commanding the Mississippi River, the fort was the next obstacle in the Union efforts to control the river and split the Confederacy.  Confederate troops abandoned Fort Pillow just under three weeks later, on June 4, 1862.  Memphis then soon fell to the Union.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1862), IV: 88.
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