William B. Poore fought with his 16th Mississippi comrades in Fort Gregg…

Emerging Civil War

Capture of Fort GreggI always enjoy reading stories about battlefield visits in the decades after the war, before there were driving tours, interpretive waysides, and detailed troop movement maps overlaid onto modern roads. In the course of compiling research on the fighting at Fort Gregg on April 2, 1865, I found a compelling article in the National Tribune written by a Boston resident. Signing his name only as “B,” the traveler visited Fort Gregg on the day after Thanksgiving in 1891. While there, he experienced a startling “Lost Cause” rendition of the combat there and speculated on the negative impact that sort of teaching could produce.

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