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Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA

For raw courage and devotion to duty no man was his equal. Again and again Nathan Bedford Forrest displayed his total lack of fear and an innate military genius that is still admired today.

His July 1862 liberation of  Murfreesboro cemented his already glorious reputation and made him a hero across the South and caused him to be feared and hated in the North. Below are some excerpts from War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies that record some of Gen. Forrest's activities in Rutherford County.

 

Dec. 1861 Battle of Sacramento, KY - greatness in the making

 

July 1862 Raid on Murfreesborough

 

Oct-Nov 1862 Actions in Rutherford Co

 

Sherman's Thoughts on Forrest 1864

 

Action around Murfreesboro Dec 1864

 

Forrest's Address to His Troops 1865

 

Forrest’s boyhood home