Facts about Civil War gen­eral

The Maui News - - Opinion -

This let­ter is in re­sponse to a July 3 let­ter. Lt. Gen. Nathan Bed­ford For­rest, Con­fed­er­ate cav­alry com­man­der in the Civil War, was of­ten de­scribed as a “born mil­i­tary ge­nius.”

His rule of ac­tion — “Get there first with the most men” — be­came one of the most quoted state­ments of the war.

For­rest is also one of the most con­tro­ver­sial fig­ures from the Civil War era. His com­mand was re­spon­si­ble for the mas­sacre of African Amer­i­can Union troops sta­tioned at Fort Pil­low, Tenn., in April 1864, and he served as the first grand wiz­ard of the Ku Klux Klan in the early years of Re­con­struc­tion.

“Black Lives Mat­ter”

Jim LoBianco

Ki­hei

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