Apparently not everyone agrees with your numbers of the black troops. Others say it was 292.Did you not see post #90?- https://civilwartalk.com/threads/forrest-bust-at-tennessee-state-capitol.183282/page-5#post-2389073
Surgeon Fitch, 13th Tennessee Cavalry: "...the women, children, and most of the Citizens of the Fort, had got into a Coal Barge, and were towed by Gun Boat, No. 7, Up the River, above the mouth of Coal Creek." According to the log of the New Era this was at 8:15 a.m.
Something strange about that Achilles V. Clark letter - it has no signature.
I don't understand the defense of this massacre. Confederate sources say it happened. Union sources say it happened. And the crew and passengers of the steamers say it happened. It happened. Period.