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The Confederacy's Greatest Cavalryman: Nathan Bedford Forrest

Wills, Brian Steel

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ISBN 10: 0700608850 / ISBN 13: 9780700608850
Published by Univ Pr of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A., 1998
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FINE. Paperback in wraps. SIGNED by AUTHOR, "Brian Steel WIllis, Charleston SC, April 7, 1999", with inscription to a friend. Rare signed copy. [B102-40]. Bookseller Inventory # 007950

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Title: The Confederacy's Greatest Cavalryman: ...

Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Soft cover

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First PB.

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This is the best biography of one of the most exciting, colorful, and controversial figures of the Civil War. A renowned cavalryman, Nathan Bedford Forrest perfected a ruthless hit-and-run guerrilla warfare that terrified Union soldiers and garnered the respect of warriors like William Sherman, who described his adversary as "that Devil, Forrest . . . the most remarkable man our Civil War produced on either side."

Historian Bruce Catton rated Forrest "one of the authentic military geniuses of the whole war," but Brian Steel Wills covers much more than the cavalryman's incredible feats on the field of battle. He also provides the most thoughtful and complete analysis of Forrest's hardscrabble childhood in backwater Mississippi; his rise to wealth in the Memphis slave trade; his role in the infamous Fort Pillow massacre of black Union soldiers; his role as early leader and Grand Wizard of the first Ku Klux Klan; and his declining health and premature death in a reconstructing America.

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"Wills knows more about Forrest than any previous biographer. . . . He recites, indeed invigorates, the incidents of Forrest's life and military career, [retelling] the old stories with a fresh voice."--Emory M. Thomas, author of Robert E. Lee: A Biography

"Direct, fast-paced, and totally absorbing. Forrest comes vibrantly alive."--Richard Wheeler, author of Lee's Terrible Swift Sword

"A really fine book. Certainly the best thing ever written on Forrest."--James I. Robertson, author of Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend

"The best ever biography on Forrest."--William C. Davis, author of The Cause Lost

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