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Nathan Bedford Forrest A Biography

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AccomplishEually notable was his meteoric ise through the anks When the war began in 1861 Forrest enlisted as a private By the the anks When the war began in 1861 Forrest enlisted as a private By the s end in 1865 he was a lieutenant general The small force of mounted infantry under his command spent the war fighting battles taking Union prisoners freeing Confederate prisoners capturing supplies and threatening enemy supply lines across Tennessee Kentucky Mississippi Alabama and Georgia On than one occasion Forrest bested a numerically superior Union force The uintessential example is the Battle of Brice s Cross Roads in 1864 which saw Forrest outnumbered greater than two to one Yet he emerged the decisive victorBut Forrest was also deeply flawed a volatile personality a slave trader an Forrest was also deeply flawed a volatile personality a slave trader an member of the Ku Klux Klan In the present day he is largely Big Bad Detective Agency remembered for twoeasons his presence at the Fort Pillow massacre and his post war involvement in the first iteration of the Ku Klux Klan These incidents are understandably concerning to the modern The Placer reader but a certain mythology has grown up around them and has made understanding them all the difficult The 1994 film Forrest Gump wrongly credits Forrest with starting the Ku Klux Klan I alsoecently Otto Freundlich: Cosmic Communism read a book by an author who claims the general was a cofounder of the Ku Klux Klan These inaccuracies do nothing to facilitate understanding the man or learning from his life warts and all The strength of Hurst s book is that he doesn t seek to conceal anything about Forrest He makes an extensive case for the military genius of this self taught general But he also addresses the fact that Forrest was engaged in the buying and selling of human flesh and that he had a deep antipathy at one time for blacks Hurst puts these things in historical context One of the most distorting attitudes that contemporary historians indulge is presentism the idea that people who lived in former times must conform to modern ideologies or they must be condemned even expunged from our memories Forrest lived in an era when the great majority of white Americans North and South held deep prejudices against blacks His attitudes were not unusual for his time This does not excuse his words or deeds but it does help us gain a better understanding of them Hurst helps theeader in that egardThere is a certain muddleheadedness among those people who insist that Forrest was a misanthrope who should be erased from history In actuality Forrest broke with the Ku Klux Klan as the organization became increasingly violent and he ultimately became a defender of Southern blacks In 1874 in the wake of the murder of four black men Forrest even offered his services to the governor of Tennessee pledging that he would exterminate the white marauders who perpetrated the atrocity In 1875 the Independent Order of Pole Bearers Association an organization dedicated to the advancement of black Southerners in society
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Forrest to a speech After being gifted a bouuet of flowers the general saidLadies and gentlemen I accept the flowers as a memento of econciliation between the white and colored Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness races of the southern states I accept it particularly as it comes from a colored lady for if there is any one on God s earth who loves the ladies I believe it is myself I came here with th. Cers prided themselves on their decorum Forrest habitually issued surrender or die ultimatums to the enemy and often intimidated his own superiors After being in command at the notorious Fort Pillow Massacre he went on to haunt the South as the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux KlanNow this epic figure isestored to human dimensions in an exemplary biography that puts both.
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E jeers of some white people who think that I am doing wrong I believe I can exert some influence and do much to assist the people in strengthening fraternal elations and shall do all in my power to elevate every man to depress none I want to elevate you to take positions in law offices in stores on farms and wherever you are capable of going I have not said anything about politics today I don t propose to say anything about politics You have a Der Bilderwächter right to elect whom you please vote for the man you think best and I think when that is done you and I are freemen Do as you consideright and honest in electing men for office I did not come here to make you a long speech although invited to do so by you I am not much of a speaker and my business prevented me from preparing myself I came to meet you as friends and welcome you to the white people I want you to come nearer to us
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I can you I will do so We have but one flag one country let us stand together We may differ in color but not in sentiment Many things have been said about me which are wrong and which white and black persons here who stood by me through the war can contradict Go to work be industrious live honestly and act truly and when you are oppressed I ll come to your elief I thank you ladies and gentlemen for this opportunity you have afforded me to be with you and to assure you that I am with you in heart and in handThis speech drew the ire of whites across the South but the general stood by his words In the last years of his life Forrest became a Christian epented of prior wrongdoing and found assurance of forgiveness in the Gospel When he died in 1877 over 10000 people attended his funeral including 3000 blacksHurst s biography is masterful and it deals fairly with all of the above the book with all of the above The book far from the fallacious deconstruction and psychologizing that characterize so many modern biographies Hurst ather presents the life story of a flawed man who lived in a trying time who exhibited great moral courage in some situations who failed to find it in others and who eventually found edemption As a Confederate general I find Nathan Bedford Forrest fascinating and uite intimidating I have been interested in Schätze Aus Dem Musée Picasso, Paris reading a bio on him for uite some time This book captures much of that menacing mystiue of this fiery Calvary officer and his post war life of becoming the first Grand Wizard of the KKK The introduction of this bio is excellent Where this bio fails is in the methodical details which bombard theeader and drag down the narrative even in many of the famous battle seuences I am glad I Letters to Rollins read it but I can only grudginglyecommend it Author is way too apologetic of Forrest He was a slave trader but he was kind to his slaves He killed several men in personal altercations throughout his life but each time it was self defense He was the butcher of Fort Pillow but the press blew it out of proportion He was the first grand wizard of the KKK but they were Britain, Europe And The Third World really of a political organization at that point Either Forrest was one of the unluckiest misunderstood men of his era or he was a sadisticacist Hurst argues the formerOverall well written and interesting subject matter However not nearly enough critical analysis to call it a definitive biography. Forrest's genius and his savagery into the context of his time chronicling his Scotland Yard rise from frontiersman to slave trader private to lieutenant general Klansman to eventually New South businessman andacial moderate Unflinching in its analysis and with extensive new esearch Nathan Bedford Forrest is an invaluable and immensely eadable addition to the literature of the Civil ,

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