Sons of Confederate Veterans Encourage Study of Accurate History

Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Pillow provides an opportunity to discover the truth.

Columbia, Tennessee
April 12, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014, marks the Sesquicentennial of the military engagement at Ft. Pillow. The events of that day were not easily comprehended as a contemporary occurrence, let alone as a historical matter. Furthermore, interpretation of the events on that day have contributed to a cloudy perception of the life of one of the battle’s significant participants, Nathan Bedford Forrest.

It is the desire of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) that Americans ponder the events of Ft. Pillow and the broader subject of General Forrest, practice personal scholarship and reach their own conclusions unencumbered by commonly recited, yet inaccurate, histories. The SCV sought Dr. Michael Bradley and Lt. Col. Edwin Kennedy as credible contributors to this dialogue and a catalyst to that end. Their work is attached.

We invite all Americans that value an accurate and truthful history to review these attachments. As we move into the final year of the Sesquicentennial observance of the War Between the States, the SCV is on watch to be certain "that the true history of the South is presented to future generations."

Formed in 1896, The Sons of Confederate Veterans is an international organization of male descendants of Confederate soldiers and the nation’s largest military history and genealogy society, with over 30,000 members.

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