Nathan Bedford Forrest Day

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Well this is a most interesting development! Considering the intense division in Tennessee, (and the country for that matter) over the great General, I can't help but wonder if this is pouring fuel on a fire rather than doing honor to his memory.

My own personal feelings is this is all well and good, but after reading more about him, and trying to get to know him, I feel like the monument that was once over his grave that this new holiday may be paying homage and honor to him, and he deserves it, but I feel its honors he would not have wished for, and that he would have rather seen the effort made towards the men who served under him, rather than he himself. I just fear this is ill-timed, and ill-conceived given the kind of man he was.

But that's my crazy views of it.
 

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Nathan Bedford Forrest. "A recognized military figure and a native Tennesseean." Not exactly ringing praise is it? Although the governor didn't mention it, Forrest was an outstanding military leader. I would say he deserves a day. Of course, he did play not nearly as important a role in the Civil War as native Tennesseean David Farragut, who should have at least a week celebrated in his honor.
 
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Nathan Bedford Forrest. "A recognized military figure and a native Tennesseean." Not exactly ringing praise is it? Although the governor didn't mention it, Forrest was an outstanding military leader. I would say he deserves a day. Of course, he did play not nearly as important a role in the Civil War as native Tennesseean David Farragut, who should have at least a week celebrated in his honor.
Why would Tennessee honor a traitor?
 
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Yes. Personally, I wouldn't disqualify him for that. He was very effective and deserves respect for the limited role he had for the losing team. Farragut had a much larger and important role for the winning side.
I'm not following the rationale here. I understand the winning side trying to force the losing side to honor one of their own, but I have a difficult time understanding why the losers would want to do so especially once the occupying bayonets were gone.
 
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I'm not following the rationale here. I understand the winning side trying to force the losing side to honor one of their own, but I have a difficult time understanding why the losers would want to do so especially once the occupying bayonets were gone.
The reason for the honor as the Governor stated in his proclamation was the recipient was "A recognized military figure and a native Tennesseean." He didn't mention sides. On the basis of the Governor's criteria, I suggested that, as worthy as Forrest was,
he was not as recognized or as successful as another military figure in the same war - Farragut. You could ask the Governor why that was his reason. I would argue that Alan York is another deserving candidate at least as recognized as Forrest. I did not determine the rationale. I'm just taking the Governor at his word.

The Governor did not indicate that he only wanted to honor losers, but if he did, that would disqualify both my candidates who fought for the United States. And won.
 
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The reason for the honor as the Governor stated in his proclamation was the recipient was "A recognized military figure and a native Tennesseean." He didn't mention sides. On the basis of the Governor's criteria, I suggested that, as worthy as Forrest was,
he was not as recognized or as successful as another military figure in the same war - Farragut. You could ask the Governor why that was his reason. I would argue that Alan York is another deserving candidate at least as recognized as Forrest. I did not determine the rationale. I'm just taking the Governor at his word.

The Governor did not indicate that he only wanted to honor losers, but if he did, that would disqualify both my candidates who fought for the United States. And won.
I very much doubt that the governor honors John W. Burgess, a notorious Tennessee wartime unionist and later a Columbia University noted political scientist professor.

“The history of the United States should be written by a Northerner and from the Northern point of view...because the Northern point of view is, in the main, the correct view, and that, while sincerity must be allowed the Southern people and their leaders, “not one scintilla of justification for secession and rebellion must be expected. The South must acknowledge its error as well as its defeat.”

Professor John W. Burgess, of Columbia University.





 
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