First Edition[Civil War African American troops] Reports on the Committee on the Conduct of the War, Fort Pillow Massacre Returned Prisoners. House of Representatives: 1864. 38th Congress, 1st session. First edition. Bound in green boards with gold letters. 6 x 9.25 inches. The Fort Pillow Massacre occurred on April 12, 1864 when Confederate forces attacked the Union-held fort set at a crucial point on the Mississippi river just north of Memphis. Confederate forces claimed they continued to fire in self-defense, but widely publicized reports held that Confederate forces slaughtered Union soldiers long after their surrender. Fort Pillow at the time was occupied by 600 Union soldiers, half of them African American, following President Lincoln's deployment of black troops which, coupled with the Emancipation Proclamation, infuriated the Confederate Command. Surviving members of the Union garrison claimed that Confederate soldiers shot and bayoneted Union soldiers with particular brutality to African American troops who fell to their knees, hands raised in surrender. Water stains to front and back free end papers. Foxing throughout. Overall in good condition.