Books About Nathan Bedford Forrest
John Allan Wyeth
That Devil Forrest
(Price $18.00 Postpaid)
Grant called him "that devil Forrest." Sherman, it
is reported, considered him "the most remarkable
man our 'cw' produced on either side." He was
unquestionably one of the war's most brilliant
tacticians. Without military education or training,
he became the scourge of Grant, Sherman, and
almost every other Union general who fought in
Tennessee, Alabama, or Kentucky. He was
Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Forrest fought by simple rules: he maintained that
"war means fighting and fighting means killing"
and that the way to win was "to get there first with
the most men." His cavalry, which Sherman
reported in disgust "could travel one hundred
miles in less time than it takes ours to travel ten,"
secured more Union guns, horses, and supplies
than any other single Confederate unit. He played
pivotal roles at Fort Donelson, Shiloh, the capture
of Murfreesboro, the Nashville Campaign, Brice's
Cross Roads, and in the pursuit and capture of
Forrest comes alive on the pages of John Wyeth's
biography. First published in 1899, That Devil
Forrest is based almost entirely on accounts of
those who knew Forrest personally and on
contemporary military papers and records. It is
the single greatest source of primary material on
Nathan Bedford Forrest.
"This biography, like its subject, has few peers."
-- Earl S. Miers (New York Times Book Review)
Andrew Nelson Lytle
Bedford Forrest and His Critter Company
(Price $13.00 Postpaid)
In Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, the
Southern man of war, Andrew Lytle finds the
quintessential Christian warrior "fighting for the
traditional element in our society." With limited
resources to command, Forrest led his outnumbered
men to victories that still astonish students of
military history. Asked who was the greatest soldier
to serve under him during the war, Lee replied, His
name is Forrest."
One of the original Southern Agarians, Tennessean
Andrew Nelson Lytle has written four novels, the
memoir A Wake for the Living, short fiction, literary
criticism, and numerous essays critical of the times.
Mr. Lytle passed away recently. You may read about
it in the Southern Partisan
"Andrew Lytle's biography of Forrest, away back in
the early Thirties, was the first I read, and it has
retained its place in my affections ever since." --
Captain Eric William Sheppard
(Price $35.00 Postpaid)
Considered by many to be the foremost biography of Forrest by a Captain of the Royal
Tank Corps. Photo, six maps, 320 pp., Acid free paper, Cloth Bound.
Edwin C. Bearss
Forrest at Brice's Crossroads and in North Mississippi in 1864
This book of some 382 pages is a gigantic study by Edwin Bearss. Indexed with photos, 7
maps by Barbara Long, and biographical sketches of Federal and Confederate brigade
commanders. Cloth, Acid free paper, Hand Bound.