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That Devil Forrest

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Grant called him “that devil Forrest.” Sherman, it is reported, considered him “the most remarkable man our civil war produced on either side.” He was unquestionably one of the war's most brilliant tacticians. Without military education or training, he became the scourge of Grant, Sherman, and almost every other Union general who fought in Tennessee, Alabama, or Kentucky. ...more
Paperback, 680 pages
Published August 1st 1989 by Lsu Press (first published 1899)
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Mar 29, 2011 Kent rated it it was amazing
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Halfway through this book I mentioned to my wife that Forrest's career scanned like an Errol Flynn movie--always improbably outnumbered, cartoonishly successful, with his opponents looking like complete fools by the time he is done with them. I would not be surprised (I said) if in the next chapter I were to find him swinging through the trees on a vine, shouting "Ha ha!"

In the next chapter, there is Forrest throwing his entire army across the swollen Tennessee River in three hours, by means of
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Apr 11, 2013 Jeff Gentry rated it really liked it
This work proved to be a valuable source in a research project I was working on for Brice's Crossroads. The details in the pages were comparable in accuracy to other secondary sources as well as primary research material I referenced. I used the book as a reference but any Civil War enthusiast or anyone who would like to know how a confederate private became an effective Lt Gen in the Calvary would appreciate this book.
Jun 19, 2015 Brian rated it really liked it
That Devil Forrest is an exhaustive account of General Nathan Bedford Forrest who was one of the most successful generals of the Civil War for the confederacy. A tenacious fighter who could be downright vicious and unrelenting he was a largely uneducated man that rose to great prominence. This book written by a former confederate soldier seeks to exonerate the claims of Forrest killing surrendered troops and highlight his military capability. While there is little arguing the capability of Forre ...more
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Apr 13, 2014 LaDene Mayville rated it really liked it
A wonderful insight into a very highly misunderstood man. General Forrest was a military genius who had no formal military training but he sure kept the Union Army on its toes.
Aug 09, 2012 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
Excellent old-school bio, untouched by political correctness. Forrest was the war's supreme cavalry commander.
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Apr 30, 2015 Andrew Stotz rated it it was amazing
Fantastically researched and written. His aggressiveness in battle is legendary.
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Jun 02, 2013 John Tarttelin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The general reader and students of the Civil War
Nathan Bedford Forrest , the Wizard of the Saddle, was the Murat of the American Civil War. Born in 1821, the year that Napoleon died on Saint Helena, he was an even better cavalry general in many respects than the famous Gascon of the Napoleonic Wars. Murat neglected his horses and men, especially during the infamous retreat from Russia in 1812. Forrest, on the other hand, appeared like a saviour as he led the rearguard action after Nashville in 1864.

In his monumental The Civil War, Shelby Foot
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John Allan Wyeth served as a private in the Confederate cavalry until his capture two weeks after Chickamauga. After the war he After the war he studied at the University of Louisville School of Medicine (graduating in 1869) and at the Bellevue Hospital Medical College from 1872 to 1873. He later completed his m
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