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Now this epic figure is restored to human dimensions in an exemplary biography that puts both Forrest's genius and his savagery into the context of his time, chronicling his rise from frontiersman to slave trader, private to lieutenant general, Klansman to — eventually — New South businessman and racial moderate. Unflinching in its analysis and with extensive new research, Nathan Bedford Forrest is an invaluable and immensely readable addition to the literature of the Civil War.
Amid the aristocratic ranks of the Confederate cavalry, Nathan Bedford Forrest was an untutored guerrilla. He was so tenacious that General Sherman called him a "devil" who should "be hunted down and killed if it costs 10,000 lives and bankrupts the treasury." Now this epic figure is restored to human dimensions in an exemplary biography. 3 maps.
Posted April 7, 2012
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