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The Campaigns Of General Nathan Bedford Forrest And Of Forrest's Cavalry by [Jordan, General Thomas]
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“I think Forrest was the most remarkable man our Civil War produced on either side … he had a genius of strategy which was original, and to me incomprehensible." General William T. Sherman

Nathan Bedford Forrest was an unorthodox soldier.

He was not trained in military tactics, had not read the great texts on strategy and according to some could not even drill a company.

Yet, what he lacked in training he made up for in his aggressive actions and energy to win battles, always taking the shortest lines towards his objectives, grasping opportunities and countless times seizing victory from the brink of defeat.

A physically imposing man, he led his men from example as a hard rider and fierce swordsman in the heat of conflict. It was said that had killed up to thirty enemy soldiers in hand-to-hand combat.

Forrest’s actions and unpredictability terrified Union troops and their commanders who termed him “that Devil Forrest”, while for the south he quickly became a hero. Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee both agreed in their postwar memoirs that the outcome of the war might have been different if they had better used Forrest’s talents.

General Thomas Jordan and J. P. Pryor’s brilliant account of the campaigns of Nathan Bedford Forrest and his cavalry uncover the actions of this innovative leader.

General Forrest gave the authors complete access to his military papers, conducted numerous interviews and worked closely with them to create this fascinating book.

Through the course of the work they cover Forrest’s many campaigns and battles including Sacramento, Fort Donaldson, Shiloh, Murfreesboro, the West Tennessee raids, Dover, Brentwood, Chattanooga, Day's Gap, Chickamauga, Paducah, Brice's Crossroads, Tupelo, the Tennessee Raids, Nashville, and Selma, as well as the infamous Battle of Fort Pillow.

This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the life of this fascinating man and the campaigns that he led through the course of the American Civil War.

“Forrest ... used his horsemen as a modern general would use motorized infantry. He liked horses because he liked fast movement, and his mounted men could get from here to there much faster than any infantry could” Bruce Catton, The Civil War

General Thomas Jordan was a Confederate general and major operative in the network of Confederate spies during the American Civil War. After the war he became newspaper editor and author, writing articles about the American Civil War. He co-wrote this book with J. P. Pryor who was a professional journalist. Their book The Campaigns Of General Nathan Bedford Forrest And Of Forrest's Cavalry was first published in 1868.

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In June 1861, practically unschooled, without military training or experience, Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821-1877) enlisted in the Confederated Army as a private. Yet by the Civil War's end he was a lieutenant general whose dazzling exploits and bloody victories caused him to be regarded by his Northern opponents as a "devil", by Southerners as a living legend, and by historians as the greatest cavalry commander and one of the few authentic military geniuses produced by the war. His spectacular, unparalleled career (no high-ranking commander since medieval times personally killed as many enemies in combat as Forrest did) has intrigued generations of Civil War scholars and enthusiasts. Subsequent biographies or studies of him have never totally superseded The Campaigns of General Nathan Bedford Forrest (1868) by General Thomas Jordan (West Pointer and chief of staff to Generals Beauregard, Albert Sidney Johnston, and Braxton Bragg) and the professional journalist J. P. Pryor. Forrest himself gave them complete access to his military papers, spent many hours being interviewed by them, and closely supervised their writing. Hence, this work is not just a flat campaign study of Forrest - in effect, it is his military memoir and, as such, remains the most valuable source on Forrest and his cavalry.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 577 pages
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  • Publisher: Flint Press (31 October 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07K37DWH1
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