Address and Phone:
3122 Park Road
Henning, TN 38041
Phone: (731) 738-5581
Fax: (731) 738-9117
Hours Open to the Public:
8 a.m. - Sunset (year round)
Fort Pillow State Historic Park is rich in both historic and archaeological importance. The well-preserved Civil War earthworks on the Chickasaw Bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River mark the site of the Confederate Army’s extensive fortifications, built in 1861. The fort bears the name of General Gideon J. Pillow of Maury County, although he never commanded there.
The Confederates abandoned the fortifications soon after they were built and regrouped with other forces in Shiloh and Corinth, Mississippi. The Union Army moved in these empty fortifications shortly afterward and occupied the fort until April 12, 1864.
Then followed one of the most controversial battles of the Civil War, called by many the Massacre of Fort Pillow. Confederate General Nathan Bedford had received information that the Union Army at Fort Pillow was harassing the local community. Bedford took 1,600 troops to take back the fort. There were approx. 267 Union colored soldiers killed during this battle and only a few Confederate Soldiers wounded, with an ongoing controversy over the terms of surrender and the ensuing actions.
Visitors come to Fort Pillow for the 20 miles of trails, which cover almost all of the 1,650 acres. The 20 miles of trails lead to the restored fortification, several other inner forts and the outer breastworks that make up Fort Pillow. Several cannons are on display throughout the museum, along with other Civil War artifacts such as bullets, muskets and cannon balls.
The park includes a 25-acre lake and borders the Anderson-Tully Wildlife Management Area and provides sanctuary a wide variety of wildlife.
Turn west off of I-40, Exit 66 onto US 70. In Brownsville, turn right on State Highway 19. Follow Highway 19 into Ripley to State Highway 51. Turn South on Hwy. 51 to Henning, turn west onto Highway 87. Turn right on State Highway 207 East onto Park Road.
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