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Saturday, April 12 marked 150 years since the Battle of Fort Pillow in Henning, Tennessee. Hundreds of soldiers died in The Battle of Fort Pillow and it marked a turning point in the Civil War. Tennessee State Parks honored the lives of the soldiers killed with a moving commencement ceremony.  This 150th Commemoration Ceremony included tributes to the fallen solider by surviving family members, living history demonstrations and a look back at the battle with notable Tennessee historians. Fort Pillow State Park is located on the western edge of Tennessee, approximately 40 miles north of Memphis. The park is rich in historic and archaeological significance. Steep bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River made this area a strategic location during the Civil War. The fort was originally built by Confederate troops in 1861 and named after General Gideon J. Pillow of Maury County. It was abandoned in 1862 due to the Union Navy’s advance down the Mississippi River and then occupied by federal troops. The area became a state park in 1971.

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