ONE THIS DATE: Confererates evacuate Ft. Pillow

The Confederate evacuation of Ft. Pillow was continuing today, and the residents along the Mississippi River from Yazoo City to Memphis could read the writing on the wall. Actually, they didn’t need to read walls; they could just look at the sky. The cotton harvest had been very large, and available transportation to get it to market very scarce. Planters had huge stocks, and they were grimly determined to burn every bit of it they could rather than let it fall into the hands of the Yankees.

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