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Forgotten Battle of Fort Pillow and the Birth of the Ku Klux Klan (2000)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, War | Video 2000
In 1864 Conferderate General Nathan Bedford Forrest gave orders to his all white army battalion to pursue and kill re=treating African American troops from the Union north at Fort Pillow, ... See full summary »
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In 1864 Conferderate General Nathan Bedford Forrest gave orders to his all white army battalion to pursue and kill re=treating African American troops from the Union north at Fort Pillow, Tenn. The massacre triggered a Congressional Investigation after the war ended. After the war Forrest became the first Grand Wizard of the newly formed Ku Klux Klan. This documentary explores the details of this little remembered battle and massacre, as well as Forrest's rise to power in the KKK during the Reconstruction. It also explores Forrest's bizarre change of heart on race issues later in his life. Written by SindyMac

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General Nathan Bedfored Forrest is played by civil war reactor Steve McIntyreis who is also a professional tax consultant. See more »

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Story of the massacre at Ft. Pillow during the Civil War
16 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Found this to be a very informative documentary for Civil War buffs. Gives a great deal of information about Ft. Pillow, a little known Civil War battle, and the massacre that took there. Details General Bedford Forrest's life and explains that the man called the Wizard of the Saddle during the war became the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Also talks of the 40 slaves he took into battle with him - thirty-nine of whom stayed with him through and after the Civil War. I found it interesting to learn that the KKK was disbanded in 1872 by Forrest. There is a little too much info stuffed into the running time for me. Had to stop and take a break half way through, but the narrator does a very good job pulling it together.


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