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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (99 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harry Turtledove Narrator: John Allen Nelson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In April 1864, the Union garrison at Fort Pillow was comprised of almost six hundred troops, about half of them black. The Confederacy, incensed by what it saw as a crime against nature, sent its fiercest cavalry commander, Nathan Bedford Forrest, to attack the fort with about 1,500 men. The Confederates overran the fort and drove the Federals into a deadly crossfire. Only sixty-two of the US colored troops survived the fight unwounded. Many accused the Confederates of massacring the black troops after the fort fell and fighting should have ceased. The “Fort Pillow Massacre” became a Union rallying cry and cemented resolve to see the war through to its conclusion.

Harry Turtledove has written a dramatic recreation of an astounding battle, telling a bloody story of courage and hope, freedom and hatred. With brilliant characterization of all the main figures, this is a novel that reminds us that Fort Pillow was more than a battle—it was a clash of ideas between men fighting to define what being an American ought to mean.

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  • “Turtledove’s most impressive novel uses known facts and persons and extremely plausible extrapolations to paint a picture of one of America’s least glorious affrays. After reading it, one is convinced that it happened that way. Turtledove also depicts the people of the time and place very vividly, making the novel a true window into history.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Boyd | 3/3/2013

    " An intense read that goes into the tragedy at Fort Pillow; Nathan Bedford Forrest makes his presence felt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Clay Davis | 12/7/2012

    " A well told story about a Civil War battle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Russell Dixon | 4/1/2012

    " Interesting look at battle in the Civil War "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ray F | 9/24/2011

    " very good book i loved it "

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About the Author
Author Harry Turtledove

Harry Turtledove, known as the “Master of Alternative History,” is the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author of a number of bestselling series and standalone novels. He received his PhD from UCLA in Byzantine history and worked as a technical writer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education before becoming a full-time fiction writer. He also served as the treasurer of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He has written a number of successful series, including the Crosstime Traffic series, the Darkness series, and the Worldwar I Colonization series, among others. His standalone works include Ruled Brittania, Every Inch a King, Conan of Venarium, Household Gods, and Justinian.