You are correct, but that seems to have been the prevailing opinion of most of the white citizens of the era.Forrest was an excellent general, but not a great supported of civil rights. I was led to understand the Forrest spent his early life buying, selling, and owning slaves. After the war not only did not believe the former slaves should be free, he believed they should be allowed to vote or have any civil rights or social or legal status. Forrest believed blacks were inferior and could never be anything but inferior. Why would anyone believe he was a racist?