On May 8, 1863, the Confederate army under the command of General Quincy Harris attacked the fort at night. Confederate soldiers climbed the trees near the fort and started shooting over the walls at Union soldiers within. Eventually, the Confederate Army broke through the north gate as surviving US soldiers fought to protect the fort, but were outnumbered and overrun by the larger Confederate force. U.S. Army soldiers who surrendered or were captured were executed and burned.
In the New Hanover Gazette, U.S. Army veterans that survived the massacre remember the event. In addition, the newspaper states that details of massacre are still contested and that a memorial is planned for the site, but as of 1907 no work on this memorial has begun.
Events of Red Dead Online
By 1898, the fort is in a dilapidated state since it is no longer in use by the U.S. Army, and has been occupied by the Lemoyne Raiders. There are guards patrolling outside of the fort. A wagon can be found inside, parked to the north entrance.
Events of Red Dead Redemption 2
In 1899, the fort still serves a hideout for the Lemoyne Raiders. In an optional bounty mission, the player attacks the fort to capture or kill the Raiders' leader Lindsey Wofford for a bounty. Outside of this instance, the fort is deserted.
- In the basement of the building inside the fort, players can find the Civil War Knife, a gold nugget, and a Civil War Hardee Hat.
- A Civil War Report document about the attack written by First Lieutenant Ronald Alger can be found here.
- Under the collapsed walkway is a chest that contains the Special Horse Medicine Pamphlet.
- Two cigarette cards can be found here.
Red Dead Online
- The massacre at Fort Brennand appears to be loosely based on the Battle of Fort Pillow (also known as the “Fort Pillow Massacre”) that took place on April 12, 1864 along the Mississippi River near the Arkansas-Tennessee border. Confederate soldiers massacred black Union troops and white officers who were attempting to surrender. Controversy continues today as to how many soldiers were killed, as well as to whether Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest ordered the massacre or the soldiers under his command acted spontaneously.