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Nathan Bedford Forrest

Nathan Bedford Forrest
Cavalry Officer

An uneducated farm-boy who became the Civil War’s most brilliant cavalry officer, Nathan Bedford Forrest reportedly had 29 horses shot out from under him. Enlisting as a private in a mounted rifle company, Forrest rose to command Confederate cavalry in three states as major general. But his tactical genius was clouded by his savage 1864 attack on Fort Pillow and his postwar career as a Ku Klux Klan leader.

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