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Nathan Bedford Forrest: A Biography

by Jack Hurst

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This detailed, nuanced biography includes what Paul Harvey would call . . . THE REST OF THE STORY:
Three years before his death, Nathan Bedford Forrest experienced a religious conversion, after which he became an advocate of racial reconciliation. ( )
  Eagleduck86 | Aug 21, 2011 |
  JohnMeeks | Nov 28, 2009 |
A very insightful book that gives a thourough review of Nathan Bedford Forrest emphasizing neither the good or the bad but reporting on both. Gives an understanding of the mans life both before and after the war years. ( )
  dswaddell | Jul 8, 2008 |
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Nathan Bedford Forrest was the only soldier to rise from the rank of private to general during the U.S. Civil War. At once "a soft-spoken gentleman of marked placidity and an overbearing bully of homicidal wrath," Forrest is best remembered for the combination of brilliant military leadership and flamboyant bravery that drove his Confederate cavalry troops from victory to victory on the battlefield. His subordinates feared him (he shot those who turned tail), as did his enemies (he rarely lost a fight). General Sherman once said that Forrest must be "hunted down and killed if it costs 10,000 lives and bankrupts the [national] treasury." Detractors point out that Forrest never has been exonerated from the Fort Pillow massacre, in which many Union soldiers, most of them black, were slaughtered after attempting to surrender. Following the war, he went on to found the Ku Klux Klan. Late in life, however, Forrest disavowed racial hatred and called for black political advancement. Author Jack Hurst has written the essential biography of a complex and compelling man who was arguably the Civil War's most remarkable soldier. (Movie trivia: Forrest Gump's mother named her son after this general.)

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A biography of the famous Confederate cavalry general.

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