The Confederacy's Greatest Cavalryman: Nathan Bedford Forrest

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University Press of Kansas, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 457 pages
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This is the best biography of one of the most exciting, colorful, and controversial figures of the Civil War. A renowned cavalryman, Nathan Bedford Forrest perfected a ruthless hit-and-run guerrilla warfare that terrified Union soldiers and garnered the respect of warriors like William Sherman, who described his adversary as "that Devil, Forrest . . . the most remarkable man our Civil War produced on either side."

Historian Bruce Catton rated Forrest "one of the authentic military geniuses of the whole war," but Brian Steel Wills covers much more than the cavalryman's incredible feats on the field of battle. He also provides the most thoughtful and complete analysis of Forrest's hardscrabble childhood in backwater Mississippi; his rise to wealth in the Memphis slave trade; his role in the infamous Fort Pillow massacre of black Union soldiers; his role as early leader and Grand Wizard of the first Ku Klux Klan; and his declining health and premature death in a reconstructing America.

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After reading this book I am expecting Bedford Forrest's Second Coming at any moment because in this work he is crucified throughout for the supposed Fort Pillow "massacre" and portrayed as if this ... Read full review

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I love this book! This man is a personal hero of mine! Read full review

Contents

Chapter 2
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Chapter 3
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Operations in Central Kentucky December 1861
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Copyright

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About the author (1992)

Brian Steel Wills is director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era at Kennesaw State University.

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