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Forrest, Nathan Bedford

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Born: 1821 AD
Died: 1877 AD, at 56 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: General

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1821 - Born on July 13th in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. Confederate cavalry general in the American Civil War.

1845 - Married to Mary Ann Montgomery on April 25th.

1859 - He was in turn a horse and cattle trader in Mississippi, and a slave dealer and horse trader in Memphis, when he took to cotton planting in northwestern Mississippi, where he acquired considerable wealth.

1861-1862 - At the outbreak of the Civil War he volunteered as a private, raised a cavalry battalion, of which he was Lt. Colonel, and in February took part in the defense of Fort Donelson, and refusing, like Generals Floyd and Pillow, to capitulate with the rest of the Confederate forces, made his way out, before the surrender, with all the mounted troops there.

1863 - He was present at the battle of Chickamauga in September, after which (largely on account of his criticism of General Bragg, the army commander) he was transferred to the Mississippi.

         - Forrest was made a major-general in December.

1864 - On the 12th of April, he assaulted and captured Fort Pillow, in Tennessee on the Mississippi; U.S. negro troops formed a large part of the garrison and according to survivors many were massacred after the fort had surrendered.

1865 - In February, he was made a Lt. General, but the struggle was almost at an end and General James H. Wilson, one of the ablest of the Union cavalry generals, rapidly forced back the few Confederates, now under Forrest's command, and stormed Selma, Alabama, on the 2nd of April.

1867 - After the war he lived in Memphis. He sold his cotton plantation, and for some years was president of the Selma, Marion and Memphis Railroad.

         - Forrest was the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

1877 - Died on Ocotber 29th in Memphis, Tennessee from diabetes complications.

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