|Birth: ||Jul. 13, 1821|
|Death: ||Oct. 29, 1877|
Cenotaph. He is buried in Forrest Park, Memphis, Tennessee.
Nathan Bedford Forrest was born in Chapel Hill, Bedford County, Tennessee on July 13, 1821. He moved with his family to Mississippi in 1834. His father died when he was 16 leaving him responsible for his widowed mother and siblings. He later became a slave trader and plantation owner. On June 14, 1861 Forrest joined the confederate service as a private in White's Rifles. He soon was called on to raise a cavalry regiment of which he was made colonel. By July 21, 1861 he had been promoted to brigadier general. He participated in many of the major engagements in the western theatre of the civil war including the battles of Ft. Donelson, Shiloh, Parker's Crossroads, Chickamauga, Brice's Crossroads and Franklin. In February1865. He was promoted to lieutenant general. He died in Memphis Tennessee on October 29, 1877.
An extract from Forrest's farewell address to his troops in April 1865:
In bidding you farewell, rest assured that you carry with you my best wishes for your future welfare and happiness. Without, in any way, referring to the merits of the Cause in which we have been engaged, your courage and determination, as exhibited on many hard-fought fields, has elicited the respect and admiration of friend and foe. And I now cheerfully and gratefully acknowledge my indebtedness to the officers and men of my command whose zeal, fidelity and unflinching bravery have been the great source of my past success in arms.
I have never, on the field of battle, sent you where I was unwilling to go myself; nor would I now advise you to a course which I felt myself unwilling to pursue. You have been good soldiers, you can be good citizens. Obey the laws, preserve your honor, and the Government to which you have surrendered can afford to be, and will be, magnanimous.
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