A Battle from the Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest

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HarperCollins, 1992 - Generals - 457 pages
Sherman called him "That devil, Forrest" and "the most remarkable man our Civil War produced on either side." Bruce Catton rated him "one of the authentic military geniuses of the whole war." And Grant said, "For the particular kind of warfare which Forrest had carried on neither army could present a more effective officer." Not only does A Battle from the Start describe Forrest's incredible and dramatic feats on the battlefield, it covers his childhood and youth as the oldest son of a poor farmer on the Mississippi frontier, who took over responsibility for the family's survival as a young boy when his father died, and his later move to Memphis, where he became a millionaire in the slave trade. It describes Forrest's life after the war: his acceptance of the defeat of the Southern cause rather than defiant flight to foreign shores, his declining business fortunes, his deteriorating health from a body worn down by the war's rigors, and his premature death. - Jacket flap.

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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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