His critics have called him everything from a violent backwoodsman, illiterate redneck, and cruel slaver, to a crooked politician, unfaithful husband, and simple-minded hillbilly. Traditional Southerners, like the author Lochlainn Seabrook, know that Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest was none of these things. In fact, he was quite the opposite. Far from being an inhumane slave owner and trader, Forrest granted most of his servants their freedom even before Lincoln's War. He enlisted forty-five others in his own command (six who served as his personal armed guard), then emancipated them in the fall of 1863 - the same year Lincoln issued his "military measure," the Emancipation Proclamation (which freed no slaves). Forrest never separated servant families, refused to sell to cruel slavers, and was even responsible for reuniting a number of divided black families. Unlike Lincoln, who throughout his political career aggressively campaigned for the deportation of all blacks out of America, after the War Forrest happily hired back his original servants then called for the South to repopulate herself with new African immigrants. Neither the founder or leader of the KKK as Northern myth alleges, Forrest asked that the organization be closed down when it began to take on racist overtones. Around the same time, he began to crusade for black civil rights, which explains why thousands of grieving African-Americans attended his funeral in October 1877. These and many other fascinating but little known facts are presented clearly and concisely by Seabrook, a cousin of Forrest. Learn the truth about the Wizard of the Saddle in this rousing defense of one of the greatest, most inspiring, beloved, romantic, complex, and intriguing individuals in American history. Lavishly illustrated, "Nathan Bedford Forrest" includes a detailed bibliography and an index. Foreword by bestselling author, James Ronald Kennedy ("The South Was Right ").
"For Southern readers who have not read Seabrook's definitive biography of Forrest, 'A Rebel Born, ' this small book will provide all the facts one needs to know about a revered Confederate hero." - CONFEDERATE VETERAN