Nathan Bedford Forrest Biography

Nathan Bedford Forrest was a lieutenant general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. He is remembered both as a self-educated, innovative cavalry leader during the war and as a leading southern advocate in the postwar years. He was a pledged delegate from Tennessee to the New York Democratic national convention of 4 July 1868. He served as the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, but later distanced himself from the organization.

A cavalry and military commander in the war, Forrest is one of the war's most unusual figures. Less educated than many of his fellow officers, Forrest had already amassed a fortune as a planter, real estate investor, and slave trader before the war. He was one of the few officers in either army to enlist as a private and be promoted to general officer and division commander by the end of the war. Although Forrest lacked formal military education, he had a gift for strategy and tactics. He created and established new doctrines for mobile forces, earning the nickname The Wizard of the Saddle. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Nathan Bedford Forrest
Nationality:
Confederate States of America
Ethnicity:
Scotch-Irish American
Date of Birth:
July 13, 1821
Astrological Sign:
Cancer
Date of Death:
October 29, 1877
Age at Death:
56
Cause of Death:
Diabetes mellitus
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