How do I change the title? Sorry about the confusion.Forrest wasn't reckless - daring, but not reckless. At Dover he could be accused of it, though - heading straight down the main drag without knowing whether or not the defenders were ready for him...which they were... Impulsive and reckless would be Okolona, and there he was extremely emotional after the death of his brother - all he wanted was to kill some Yankees!
You've got another thread with the same title, @bankerpapaw ! Would you change them so we know what we're talking about? Sure would appreciate it!
I agree.I still haven't made up my mind if military training would have improved this side of Forrest or not.
It's a question, all right. I think Forrest would have been accepted if someone had put his name forth. Jackson was accepted! The thing would be Forrest's preparatory education. That was what almost kept Jackson out of West Point and he really sweated it to get up to the requirements. (Don't know about learning French, either...that was considered the necessary military lingo...) But if he did get all educated and stuck it out, he would have been like Grant. He would have pitched overboard what he didn't need and used differently what he did need - might have been interesting! It sure is hard to tell.I agree.
I'm still undecided if a formal military education would have had any effect on Forrest's actions/tactics.
My gut feeling is probably not.
I'm quite sure Forrest would have been kicked out of any Military Academy, assuming he was accepted into said academy in the first place.
He told Wilson's aide Hosea "I never rubbed my back up against no college" and told another "Whenever I fit one of them West Pointers I generally had him whipped before he got his tune pitched." These were all a bit of bluster to let the West Pointers he was talking to know they'd got whupped by a hillbilly!
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