A battle from the start: the life of Nathan Bedford Forrest

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HarperCollins, Apr 24, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 457 pages
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A biography of the Confederate cavalry leader describes his poor childhood in Mississippi, his adulthood as a millionaire slave trader, his rise through the ranks of the Confederate army, and his feats on the battlefield. National ad/promo.

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This is the first book I ever read specifically about NB Forrest. I thought it was well balanced, and clearly described his personal strengths and weaknesses. The book had a rather folksy flavor to it ... Read full review

A BATTLE FROM THE START: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest

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Wills (History/Georgia Southern Univ.) superbly tells the story of one of the Confederacy's authentic military geniuses, the man who consistently ``got there first with the most men'' and bedeviled ... Read full review


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Operations in Central Kentucky December 1861

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Wills is professor of history at Clinch Valley Community College in Wise, Virginia, and former professor of history at Georgia Southern University.

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