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Civil War book explores another view of the battle

Saturday, June 18, 2011

scottw@standard-democrat.com

SIKESTON -- A Sikeston history teacher's second book will offer a different view of a controversial Civil War battle.

Rick Justice has been Civil War enthusiast "going on well over 20 years."

The book, which Justice plans to name, "Conspiracy on the Mississippi," is the result of research conducted for a graduate school project.

"About three years ago I had to do a capstone paper for my second master's degree and I chose the Battle of Fort Pillow to do my paper on," he explained. "Fort Pillow was a fort on the Mississippi River that was attacked on April 12, 1864, by Confederate Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest. There was a high loss of life on the Union side for the two Union units there. One was a black unit and the other was the 13th Tennessee, which was a Union unit made up of ex-Confederate soldiers."

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