Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis City Council has begun the process that could result in the removal of the body and a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest -- rebel general, slave trader and early Ku Klux Klan member -- from a park.
Confederate Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest
NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST FAMILY HISTORY
James FORASTER born ca 1700 died between 05 Sep 1755 when will was dated and Dec 1755 when it was proven in Orange Co.
Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821-1877) was a Confederate general during the Civil War (1861-65). Despite having no formal military training, Forrest rose from the rank of private to lieutenant general, serving as a cavalry officer at numerous engagements including the Battles of Shiloh, Chickamauga, Brice’s Crossroads and Second Franklin. Known for his maxim “get there first with the most men,” Forrest was relentless in harassing Union forces during the Vicksburg Campaign in 1862 and 1863, and conducted successful raiding operations on federal supplies and communication lines throughout the war. In addition to his ingenious cavalry tactics, Forrest is also remembered for his controversial involvement in the Battle of Fort Pillow in April 1864, when his troops massacred black soldiers following a Union surrender. After the Civil War Forrest worked as a planter and railroad president, and served as the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. He died in 1877 at the age of 56.
Nathan Bedford Forrest Park in Memphis, Tennessee
In the 2004 a slave narrator cites Nathan Bedford Forrest as the leader of a Confederate army that massacred hundreds of freed slaves in the North shortly after the Civil War, possibly an alternate reference to the Fort Pillow Massacre.
Nathan Bedford Forrest monument in , .
In Harry Turtledove's 1992 alternate history/science fiction novel , Forrest runs for president of the Confederacy in 1867, losing to . When the book's "Rivington men" turn traitor against the Confederacy, Forrest commands the force sent against them. Turtledove's subsequent series features Forrest's fictional grandson, Nathan Bedford Forrest III, leading the Confederate armed forces during .
A bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest at the state Capitol in Nashville
In the 1990 PBS documentary by , historian states in Episode 7 that the Civil War produced two "authentic geniuses:" and Nathan Bedford Forrest. Foote also used Forrest as a major character in his novel .
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For nearly two hours Monday, protesters urged Tennessee's leaders to finally take action and remove a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest from the state Capitol in Nashville.
Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park — Tennessee State Parks
High schools are named for Forrest in , and Jacksonville, Florida. On November 3, 2008 the voted 5-2 against changing the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School in Jacksonville. The two votes for changing the name were cast by the Board's only black members. The school was named for Forrest in 1959 at the urging of the because they were upset about the 1954 decision. At the time the school was all white, but now more than half the student body is black. Leaders in other localities have tried to remove or eliminate Forrest monuments, with mixed success.