James P. Klag
James P. Klag asked:

I have read Jeff Shaara's "A Blaze Of Glory" recently and have one question regarding accuracy and authenticity regarding Nathan Bedford Forrest. The author portrays the cavalry commander, who is famously illiterate, uneducated and uncouth, as quite cultured and erudite. I wonder if Mr. Shaara has found new sources that historians have thus far overlooked. This is a work of fiction, but can't this be gotten right?

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Clay Although not formally educated, Forrest was not illiterate. He amassed a fortune at planting and slave trading and could be counted a savvy businessman by the standards of his time. While a genius tactician, it is doubtful that he would be counted by any standards as cultured or erudite. So yes, it sounds like Shaara has romanicized him through poetic license, a device that is hard to excuse in otherwise good historical fiction
Sean Patrick It is fiction as you stated and the author used a little poetic license to embroider a good tale.
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