Son of Commodore French Forrest, afterwards Admiral in the Confederate Navy, and Emily Douglas (Simms) Forrest.
He was fitted for college at Mr. Abbott's school in Georgetown, D. C, and joined the class at the beginning of Sophomore year from Alexandria, Va.
After graduation he was engaged in studying law at home, and, during 1859-60, at the University of Virginia, and had just begun the practice of law when he entered the Confederate service, at the beginning of the Civil War, He took part in the first battle of Bull Run, as Second Lieutenant, Company H, Seventeenth Virginia Regiment; was on the Merrimac in her combat with the Congress and Cumberland, being assigned to duty there by Buchanan as his "Aid and Secretary for the fight" ; and again in the army on Major-General Trimble's staff in General Longstreet's corps.
He was then made paymaster of the navy.
Early in 1866 he opened a law office in Baltimore in partnership with Joseph Packard, Jr. He was also active in religious work, and was ordained there as Deacon by Bishop Whittingham.
After practicing a few years, while on a tour in the Holy Land, he decided to give up the law and to enter the ministry. Upon his return he studied in the Theological Seminary of Virginia, near Alexandria, in 1872, and was ordained Priest in 1873, by Bishop Johns of Virginia. He was successively Rector of St. John's Church, Howard County, Md ; Trinity Church, Washington, D. C ; Calvary Church, Clifton, near Cincinnati, Ohio ; Christ Church, Clarksburg, W. Va , and Christ Church, Coronado Beach, Cal.
He then returned to Washington in failing health.
For several years past he had spent the winters in Florida, taking temporary parish work while there. On his return from Florida he died suddenly of heart failure, at Ashland, Va.
He received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from William and Mary College m 1879. He was well known as a genealogist and left unpublished a valuable genealogical work.
He married, on January 9, 1873, Sallie Winston, daughter of William and Sarah (Sherrard) Rutherfoord, of Richmond, Va., who survives him. They had no children.
Sallie Winston Rutherfoord Forrest
Emily Cary Warrington Forrest Warley
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