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Nathan Bedford Forrest amassed substantial wealth as a cotton plantation owner, horse and cattle trader, real estate broker, and slave trader in Tennessee before the war began. In June 1861, he enlisted in the Confederate Army, one of the few officers during the war to enlist as a private and be promoted to general without any prior military training. As an expert cavalry leader, Forrest was given command of a corps and established new doctrines for mobile forces, earning the nickname "The Wizard of the Saddle". His methods influenced future generations of military strategists, although the Confederate high command is seen by some commentators to have underutilized his talents. In April 1864, in what has been called "one of the bleakest, saddest events of American military history", troops under Forrest's command massacred Union troops who had surrendered at the Battle of Fort Pillow.

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  1. Championhilz

    April 1872 Letter from Forrest to Mississippi Governor R.C. Powers

    While doing some research yesterday I ran across the following letter written by Nathan B. Forrest to Mississippi Governor R.C. Powers in 1872: SELMA, MARION AND MEMPHIS RAILROAD CO. Memphis, Tenn., April 2d, 1872 To his Excellency, R.C. Powers...
  2. Cody C. Engdahl

    Research What weapons did the 2nd Missouri Cavalry CSA ("the Missouri Mongols") carry?

    Specifically around April 1864 during the Battle of Fort Pillow. I'm sure they had pistols and knives. Did they have carbines? Maynards? Sharpes? Spencers? shotguns? Thank you. I appreciate the help.
  3. K

    Nathan Bedford Forrest

    This is another old piece that sat around unfinished for years . About 4" tall including base . It might be by Legends and Lore , but I'm not sure . This forum has inspired me to finish some pieces I hadn't touched in a long time.
  4. CSA Today

    Portrait of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest's children ca.1850's

    The daughter of Nathan Bedford Forrest was born in 1849. Fannie lived till 1854 when Scarlett Fever took her. At the time antibiotics were unknown and this kind of disease devastated children.
  5. UncleBourbon

    Research Major James Manlove

    I'm unsure if this belongs in the ReconstructionTalk forum, given all I know of Manlove entails his post-war activities, however I'd also like to see if anybody can uncover documents of his service in the Confederacy. In "The History of Paraguay" by Charles Ames Washburn, the United States...
  6. Stiles/Akin

    Fanny and Willie the children of Gen. N.B. Forrest

    This is Fanny and Willie the children of Gen. N.B. Forrest. Willie born in 1846, Fanny born in 1849. Fanny would live to be only 5 years of age dying just a few months after this photo in 1854. Typhoid fever was wide spread and claimed the lives of many. #SavingHistory #HonoringHistory...
  7. SWMODave

    Among the hundreds of offers that come to me I deem this worthy ....

    Leavenworth Weekly December 18, 1873
  8. Cavalry Charger

    Forrest artwork

    I've always loved this image of Forrest since seeing it as @diane 's avatar and finally came across the artist listed below. http://www.davidwrightart.com/detail.php?function=detail&recordID=68 I'm wondering about some of the other items in the image, such as the box of what look like papers...
  9. ucvrelics

    Gen Forrest Orders Uniforms Dyed

    Here is a yankee greatcoat that is in the Alabama archives that has a great story behind it. I would say that with it being winter and the fact that Forrest Cavalry Corps had just captured a bunch of yankees, I guess Forrest ordered this for the obvious reason. Cavalry greatcoat worn by Pvt W...
  10. James N.

    Looking For Information On Armstrong's Mississippi Brigade

    According to @east tennessee roots he's found two of my ancestors, father John A. Williams and his son James A., on the rolls of the 2nd Mississippi Cavalry, and from what I can tell the unit spent most of its time in Frank Armstrong's Mississippi Brigade that seems to have been variously under...
  11. B

    Forrest's Boyhood Home

    August of 2018, my wife and I stayed in Columbia, TN. for several days and took in all the historic sites around that city, Springhill, Thompson's Station, and Franklin. One day, we found Forrest's boyhood home site outside of Chapel Hill. For those of you who know the area, there is a marker...
  12. ucvrelics

    If Forrest said He Would NOT Go To Europe Where Did This Request Come From???

    From all accounts Forrest was advised to go to Europe right after war in order not to be arrested on war crimes as Adm Semmes had been. He refused, so where did this request come from?
  13. G

    Hood’s Retreat Logistics

    I visited the sites of Forrest’s rear guard action again after the Franklin Show. I have been there many times. As I was thinking about the identified soldiers under Forrest at the small cemetery on Anthony’s Hill, it hit me that I know nothing about how the Confederate dead and wounded were...
  14. Nathanb1

    Top Ten Forrest Forum Threads of 2019

    🎉 TOP TEN FORREST FORUM 🎇 THREADS OF 2019 🐎 I was always jealous of David Letterman. :D Here are the threads with the most activity (replies and discussion) in 2019. Thankfully, most weren't too contentious, and I thank all of you who contributed thoughtful conversation and research! And...
  15. ami

    Brass Napoleon Award ~ Forrest Forum Voting

    Please vote for the one you think most deserves this award! About the Award --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Forrest during Hood's retreat Forrest's Farewell Address to His Troops Forrest's Cannae - The Battle of Brice's Crossroads, June 10, 1864...
  16. Desert Kid

    Forrest statue in Memphis handed over to SCV.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/wtop.com/national/2019/12/removed-statues-of-forrest-davis-given-to-confederate-group/amp/
  17. SWMODave

    I told him I would, if he was not afraid I would drown him...

    We left Mobile on the 13th and arrived at Montgomery on the 25th, and stayed there ten days on account of the death of President Lincoln. While here, I rowed some of our boys across the Alabama River in a dug-out. About 2 p.m. I saw some of our command come over the hill toward the river and, at...
  18. gentlemanrob

    CS Forrest, William Hezekiah

    William Hezekiah Forrest Born: 1831 Birthplace: Bedford County Tennessee Father: William B. Forrest 1801 – 1837 Mother: Miriam Beck 1802 – 1867 Died: March 20, 1875 Place of Death: Hickman County, Tennessee Age at time of Death: 43 or 44 years old Burial Place: Elmwood Cemetery...
  19. gentlemanrob

    ⋆L★G⋆ Forrest, Nathan Bedford

    Nathan Bedford Forrest Nathan Bedford Forrest amassed substantial wealth as a cotton plantation owner, horse and cattle trader, real estate broker, and slave trader in Tennessee before the war began. In June 1861, he enlisted in the Confederate Army, one of the few officers during the war to...
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