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Author Wills, Brian Steel, 1959-
Title A battle from the start : the life of Nathan Bedford Forrest / Brian Steel Wills.
Imprint New York : HarperCollins, c1992.
Edition 1st ed.
Book Jacket
 Main Collection  E467.1.F72 W55 1992    AVAILABLE


Call # E467.1.F72 W55 1992
Phys. Description xix, 457 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p. [431]-445) and index.
Contents Git thar fustest with the mostest -- Young Bedford -- The making of a planter -- A chance for active service -- Riders on the storm -- Charge them boy ways -- A streight bluff -- Nothing to bragg about -- The war hits home -- War means fighting, and fighting means killing -- Forrest's finest moment -- There will never be peace in Tennessee -- Making havoc among the gunboats -- Advancing and retreating with Hood -- I'm a-going home -- Home is where the hearth was -- Completely used up -- A statue in Memphis.
Summary Sherman called him "That devil, Forrest" and "the most remarkable man our Civil War produced on either side." Bruce Catton rated him "one of the authentic military geniuses of the whole war." And Grant said, "For the particular kind of warfare which Forrest had carried on neither army could present a more effective officer." Not only does A Battle from the Start describe Forrest's incredible and dramatic feats on the battlefield, it covers his childhood and youth as the oldest son of a poor farmer on the Mississippi frontier, who took over responsibility for the family's survival as a young boy when his father died, and his later move to Memphis, where he became a millionaire in the slave trade. It describes Forrest's life after the war: his acceptance of the defeat of the Southern cause rather than defiant flight to foreign shores, his declining business fortunes, his deteriorating health from a body worn down by the war's rigors, and his premature death. - Jacket flap.
Local Note Donated by Phil Marklin.
Subject Forrest, Nathan Bedford, 1821-1877.
Generals -- United States -- Biography.
Confederate States of America. Army -- Biography.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Cavalry operations.
ISBN 0060168323