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Nathan Bedford Forrest

Date of Birth:      July 13, 1821
Hometown:         Bedford County, TN
Education:           N/A
Final Wartime Rank:    Lieutenant General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     October 29, 1877
Place of Death:    Memphis, TN
Buried At:           Memphis, TN

Major Battles:        Fort Donelson, Surrender of Nashville, Shiloh, Fallen Timbers, Parker's Crossroads, First Battle of Murfreesboro, Battle of Brice's Crossroads, Tupelo, Second Battle of Memphis, Battle of Johnsonville, TN, Battle of Franklin, Battle of Nashville, Wilson's Alabama Raid

Interesting Fact(s):    Bedford Forrest would become one of the few, Confederate commanders, U.S. Grant would be fearful of.  With little formal education, Forrest would amass a significant fortune as a planter, and slave trader.  After the outbreak of hostilities, he would enlist as a private, in the 7th Tennessee Cavalry.  He would equip, and enlist a company of soldiers and would be elected lieutenant colonel.  After escaping, with his troops, from Fort Donelson, Forrest would be elected colonel of the 3rd Tennessee Cavalry, just prior to the Battle of Shiloh.  In June, 1862, he would be put in command of a cavalry brigade, and would be appointed brigadier general.  Forrest, a fierce fighter, would quickly become a celebrity, in the south.  At the Battle of Parker's Crossroads, finding himself pinched between two Yankee brigades, Forrest was quoted as saying, "Attack them both ways."  He would extricate himself and go on to further fame.  At Chattanooga, he would have a severe quarrel with Braxton Bragg, and would ask for, and receive, an independent command, in northern Mississippi.  In December, 1863, he would receive a second star, being promoted to major general.  He would go on to have spectacular wins, at Brice's Crossroads, and Tupelo, MS.  Forrest would be in charge of John Bell Hood's cavalry, during his Tennessee campaign.  He would be promoted to lieutenant general, in early 1865.  Finally overwhelmed by a vastly larger force, he would be beaten in April 1865, at Selma, AL.  After the war, Forrest would go back to farming, and would be the instrumental in the founding, of the famous terrorist group, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

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