Category Archives: Nathan Bedford Forrest

February 9, 1865: The “Negro soldier scheme”

The Confederate Senate defeated a proposal to arm slaves, for now. Meanwhile, Forrest is in favor of it. And people who think there were thousands of “black Confederates” are living in fantasy land. The 13th Amendment New York TImes: Ratification … Continue reading

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October 22, 1864: Sherman’s supplies

The rebels are sending significant forces after Sherman’s communications, to besiege him in Atlanta. Meanwhile, supplies are accumulating in Chattanooga, and Sherman is preparing to stock up and cast loose. Official Records 79:401. WASHINGTON, October 22, 1864 – 4 p. … Continue reading

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September 30, 1864: Hood moving north

John Bell Hood ************************************************** Sherman finds that Forrest is threatening Nashville, while at least part of Hood’s infantry is north of the Chattahoochee. While there is some cause for concern, leading Thomas to forbid furloughs for his troops till the … Continue reading

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September 29, 1864: Sherman exchanges prisoners

Sherman has completed an exchange of 2000 prisoners, and is happy to have them out of Andersonville. Hood is still south of Atlanta. Sherman has sent Thomas to clear rebels out of Tennessee, and he plans to head for Milledgeville, … Continue reading

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September 26, 1864: Grant wants Sherman to take Forrest out

Sherman and Grant discuss Sherman’s next move. Grant would like Sherman to go after Forrest first to get him out of Tennessee. Sherman’s willing, but spread thin protecting his supply line. CITY POINT, VA., September 26, 1864-10 a. m. Major-General … Continue reading

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September 24, 1864: Forrest heads for Tennessee

Forrest is attacking at Athens, AL — about 100 miles due south of Nashville. There is some dispute about the strength of his force, and even whether it is really his. Regardless, it appears he intends to threaten Tennessee, probably … Continue reading

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June 14, 1864: Sherman wants to stop Forrest

Sherman is astonished that Sturgis could have been defeated by Forrest, and he’s sent A.J. Smith to help. Official Records: WAR DEPARTMENT, June 14, 1864 – 12 m. Major-General SHERMAN: We have just received from General Washburn report of battle … Continue reading

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June 13, 1864: Mud.

Sherman is stuck in the mud, and planning what to do about Johnston. A frontal assault is out of the question: “We cannot risk the heavy losses of an assault at this distance from our base.” Official Records: BIG SHANTY, … Continue reading

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June 12, 1864: Keeping Forrest busy

Sherman hasn’t heard yet about Forrest’s defeat of Sturgis on June 10. He wants the cavalry in Tennessee to keep Forrest off his supply lines, and he won’t be pleased when he hears the news. Official Records: HDQRS, MILITARY DIVISION … Continue reading

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May 5, 1864: Congressional report on Fort Pillow

A joint House/Senate subcommittee investigated the events at Fort Pillow, and reported their findings on May 5, 1864. They found, as we have heard previously, that Forrest’s troops killed soldiers who had surrendered, as well as women and children sheltering … Continue reading

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