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The Confederacy's Greatest Cavalryman: Nathan Bedford Forest / Edition 1

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Overview

This is the best biography of one of the most exciting, colorful, and controversial figures of the Civil War. A renowned cavalryman, Nathan Bedford Forrest perfected a ruthless hit-and-run guerrilla warfare that terrified Union soldiers and garnered the respect of warriors like William Sherman, who described his adversary as "that Devil, Forrest . . . the most remarkable man our Civil War produced on either side."

Historian Bruce Catton rated Forrest "one of the authentic military geniuses of the whole war," but Brian Steel Wills covers much more than the cavalryman's incredible feats on the field of battle. He also provides the most thoughtful and complete analysis of Forrest's hardscrabble childhood in backwater Mississippi; his rise to wealth in the Memphis slave trade; his role in the infamous Fort Pillow massacre of black Union soldiers; his role as early leader and Grand Wizard of the first Ku Klux Klan; and his declining health and premature death in a reconstructing America.

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Journal of American History
The first scholar to present a truly balanced, objective portrait of the most persistently controversial figure the Civil War produced.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700608850
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: Modern War Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 457
  • Sales rank: 427,365
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps

Foreword by Emory M. Thomas

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Git Thar Fustest with the Mostest

1. Young Bedford

2. The Making of a Planter

3. A Chance for Active Service

4. Riders on the Storm

5. Charge Them Both Ways

6. A Streight Bluff

7. Nothing to Bragg About

8. The War Hits Home

9. War Means Fighting and Fighting Means Killing

10. Forrest's Finest Moment

11. There Will Never Be Peace in Tennessee

12. Making Havoc among the Gunboats

13. Advancing and Retreating with Hood

14. I'm A-going Home

15. Home is Where the Hearth Was

16. Completely Used Up

Epilogue: A Statue in Memphis

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2000

    Excellent Book

    I absolutely loved this book and am very fortunate to have had Brian Wills as a professor at UVA-Wise. Anyone who has heard him lecture will say that he is very intense about the Civil War and it comes out in this book.

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