many today, especially revisionist "historians", try to malign one of America's greatest military…


many today, especially revisionist "historians", try to malign one of America's greatest military minds, General Nathan Bedford Forrest, by claiming he was a racist. that simply isnt true. Here is an article that seeks to set some of this garbage about a truly great man straight

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Ouch. I walked right into that one. This is what makes history so fascinating and is a reminder why you should click and read before commenting. From the link you shared:

The marks against Forrest are that he was a slave-trader prior to the war and an early leader in the Ku Klux Klan afterward. The first statement is a fact, the second statement is debated. But there are other facts about Forrest that remain largely unknown today. Would you believe that by the end of his life, Forrest was maligned by many, including the Federal government, for being too benevolent toward the blacks of the South?
In my book Nathan Bedford Forrest's Redemption (Pelican Publishing, 2010), I recount some radical changes that took place in Forrest after the war, culminating in his conversion to Christianity in 1875. After the war ended in 1865, Forrest worked with many former Union soldiers and employed former slaves in his various business ventures. At one point he was investigated by the Federal government's “Freedman's Bureau” to make sure he was complying with the law regarding his black employees. The only complaint the Bureau had of Forrest was that he paid the former slaves higher wages than the government thought they should receive and that Forrest allowed the former slaves to own guns. Forrest, it seems, was far more respectful of the black man's rights than the Federal government was. The Bureau's chief investigator of Forrest referred to the former general as “too liberal” toward his black employees. (Nathan Bedford Forrest's Redemption, pg. 117)


He was undoubtedly a racist by today's standards. Good General, yeah, sure. Good person.... not so much. I'll give it a look though. I don't put any stock into the Lost Cause history that's out there. I get that no one wants to think of their ancestors as monsters but the South wasn't on the right side any way you slice it. It's nothing I'd care to argue here but if you're a civil war buff you'll love which is a series of podcasts on the events leading up to the civil war and then eventually through the time of reconstruction. They're 20 minute segments that are really well researched and thorough so as a result they've done 199 episodes and they are only up to Antietam now. You'll love hearing about the Mexican American war and how the artillery and cavalry schools chose their cadets in anticipation of hostilities. They talk about NBF in great deal too. Check it out.