nathan bedford forrest

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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. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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?
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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/
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 1NCCAV

    Interesting documentary. Who is this actor?

    Whoever plays Forrest in this documentary should play Forrest in a movie: Because I can't imagine any famous actor doing a better job than this unknown.
  13. lelliott19

    Fake News? Forrest Strangles Chalmers at Selma (April or May 1865?)

    This incident allegedly occurred at Selma, AL on or just prior to May 1, 1865 and was reportedly printed in a local Selma, AL newspaper called the Selma Federal Union on May 1, 1865. The story was reprinted in The Nashville Daily Union., May 19, 1865, page 2 above. What did Chalmers do to make...
  14. ucvrelics

    RARE Gen Nathan Bedford Forrest Signed CDV Sold Over $11000

    A very RARE signed CDV of Gen Forrest recently sold at auction for over $11000. And who said CS stuff was on the down side these days. Courtesy of Heritage auctions
  15. 2nd Alabama Cavalry

    Forrest`s Battle of Okolona... S. D. Lee`s rebuke of Chalmers and support of Polk (20 Dec 1879)

    I just found this very informational article in the Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8 (pages 49 - 61), which adds a lot of color to Forrest`s fight against Sooy Smith on 22 Feb 1864. It really goes into great detail regarding S. D. Lee`s part in that battle and gives insight into the...
  16. Nathanb1

    Jeffrey Forrest died near Troy, MS?

    Sometimes it pays to go back and read these old threads.... From Larry Cockerham on Forrest... So...since I've been to Okolona, I'm curious...anyone remember this? Been there? Got pics?
  17. Nathanb1

    What made Forrest most successful as a commander?

    Gonna pin you guys down! You get one choice--and please elaborate! We'd love to see your specific examples...and if your memory isn't 100% on when/where, I bet diane will know! We've discussed this numerous times, but I'd like to see if anything seems to be #1. I'm not voting until next...
  18. lelliott19

    Hancock's Diary: A History of the Second Tennessee Cavalry

    Hancock's Diary: A History of the Second Tennessee Cavalry (Confederate) with sketches of the 5th and 7th Battalions and portraits and biographical sketches. Two volumes in one. R. R. Hancock, Brandon Printing Co. Nashville, TN 1887.
  19. ucvrelics

    Gen Forrest and the Hale County Alabama Judge

    Here is a great article that shows Forrest was Forrest even after the war. https://www.alabamapioneers.com/gen-bedford-forrest-was-involved-with-the-railroad-in-greensboro-alabama-after-the-civil-war/
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