Gen Forrest And His School Teacher One of my favorites. "Its Me Bedford"


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He might have been Forrest's only teacher! It's thought he got maybe three or four months formal education altogether.
What! You mean a staff officer might have helped him draft his farewell to his troops? A speechwriter? Say it ain't so, Bedford!
 

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George Cable, Forrest's secretary, said Forrest was always bellowing, "Whar's that clark!" whenever he wanted something that had been written out read back to him. He said it was 'to get the pitch right' but it was really because he was a slow reader! Nobody slipped in anything he didn't say. As the teacher said, he had 'sense' but didn't apply himself but neither Forrest or the teacher had figured out how he learned. When he needed to learn some math during the war, his selected instructor wasn't sure he could do the job, so Forrest told him. "This is how you teach me," he said. "Tell me clearly what it is, what it is used for and how to do it. I will learn."
 

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