I'm not so sure Forrest couldn't throw around a well fed Yank just as well as a skinny one! While his forces were crossing the river after Nashville - a freezing cold river at that - Forrest waded in up to his chest to help move a stuck mule team. A burly corporal stood on the bank laughing and pointing out 'them dam fools! Ain't no man alive can get me into that river!" One of the fools came out of the water, picked the corporal up off both feet with one hand and threw him into the river, well into it. "You can take my place!" snapped Forrest.