That would be Dr. John A Wyeth who wrote the Life of Lt Gen Nathan Bedford Forrest
Thanks. Is it still in print and is it worth reading? I am delinquent on Forrest and need to catch up a little.That would be Dr. John A Wyeth who wrote the Life of Lt Gen Nathan Bedford Forrest
It's one of the essentials about Forrest.is it worth reading?
Here's the guy who wrote the letter and contributed the $250.Great Article.
Great detective work Laura !Here's the guy who wrote the letter and contributed the $250.
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Samuel Wesley "Colonel" Fordyce (7 February 1840 – 3 August 1919)
Captain, Co B (or H?) 1st Ohio Cavalry
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Born in Guernsey County, Ohio, to John Fordyce and Mary Ann Houseman, both of whom were from Pennsylvania. Samuel was one of ten children. He attended Madison College in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, and later studied at North Illinois University. At the age of twenty, Fordyce returned home to work as a station agent on the Central Ohio Railroad. After a year, he enlisted as a private in the First Ohio Volunteer Cavalry to fight in the Civil War. He was soon promoted to second lieutenant and then to a first lieutenancy of Company B, First Ohio Volunteers. In 1863, he was promoted to captain of Company H and soon after was made assistant inspector general of cavalry in the Army of the Cumberland. Fordyce was wounded three times and captured three times, but he was recaptured two of those times and managed to escape the other.
Here is a lengthy and interesting bio of Samuel W Fordyce. He built railroads and the bath houses at Hot Springs! http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=1649#
I found this part of Fordyce's comments on Forrest interesting:
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"As the passions and prejudices growing out of the war subside, the more will this man's military career be appreciated by his countrymen, North as well as South. Never did a general recognize the inevitable and lay down his sword with a sadder heart; and never did a fallen hero rise to the sublimity of a loyal and patriotic citizen more earnestly and honestly."
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