First with the Most: Nathan Bedford Forrest

First with the Most Nathan Bedford Forrest Nathan Bedford Forrest did not invent mobilized guerilla warfare but he did modernize and polish it to an extent that has left few theoretical areas for improvement Tanks and jeeps it could be said

  • Title: First with the Most: Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • Author: Robert Selph Henry
  • ISBN: 9780914427728
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Nathan Bedford Forrest did not invent mobilized guerilla warfare, but he did modernize and polish it to an extent that has left few theoretical areas for improvement Tanks and jeeps, it could be said, do not possess the mobility relative to the main force which they attack that Forrest s dedicated band of horsemen enjoyed Following in the footsteps of Francis Marion andNathan Bedford Forrest did not invent mobilized guerilla warfare, but he did modernize and polish it to an extent that has left few theoretical areas for improvement Tanks and jeeps, it could be said, do not possess the mobility relative to the main force which they attack that Forrest s dedicated band of horsemen enjoyed Following in the footsteps of Francis Marion and Light horse Henry Lee, American practitioners of the devastating hit and run cavalry attack of the Revolutionary War, Forrest raised their effective but geographically limited campaigns to an art form spread over the widest possible tactical theatre He accomplished this with superior knowledge of terrain and of horses coupled with an iron will, a complete disregard for physical exhaustion his own and that of his men and, this book will demonstrate, by the most admirable sort of sheer country orneriness Forrest, a man of simple upbringing, is the perfect symbol of the odd melange that was the Confederate Army patrician West Pointers like Lee side by side by unregenerate racists like Forrest These well bred students of battles from the classical era were not prevented by an almost unimaginable not prevented by and almost unimaginable difference in class from being able to recognize the tactical genius of a farmer from the low country Nor were they sufficiently threatened by Forrest s innate comprehension of the sort of war required to prevent Forrest required to prevent Forrest from becoming the only enlisted man in the entire Civil War to achieve the rank of a General.That any scholar of this history of warfare would have to judge Forrest rather harshly for his conduct after the war than this conduct during it is just another tragic aspect of the larger tragedy that generated The War Between the States Heroes rose from unlikely places and returned, when the time for heroism had past, to their unheroic pursuits Whether that return negates the valor shown during the conflict is only for you to determine, after you have learned of Forrest s life in all its aspects, heroic, and less so.From the Hardcover edition

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    One Reply to “First with the Most: Nathan Bedford Forrest”

    1. This is a book about Nathan Bedford Forrest, the famous Confederate cavalry leader, during the Civil War. There are 28 chapters, and 24 are about his actions during the Civil War. There are two chapters about his life before the Civil War, and two chapters about after the Civil War, and the rest of it is military history. I'm not widely read on the Civil War and so come at the book as something of a neophyte.It is quite complete and the author is quite knowledgeable. I doubt that there there's a [...]

    2. This is an excellent older biography of Nathan Bedford Forrest. Henry used the Official Records extensively and gathered information from a number of sources to put together a biography that is favorable to Forrest but not worshipful and very entertaining to read. I highly recommend.

    3. I was reading this book along with 3 others so it took me a while longer than normal to finish. I would echo most of the other reviews do I will keep mine short. This book is highly favorable of Forest and his role as a cavalry commander. He uses the official records for most of his information. It is very readable but some of it will sound a little dated to the modern reader. I enjoyed it and would recommend it if you wanted to read more about Forest.

    4. A truly amazing biography of not only a great civil war general, but as said by the hero of the battle of Ypres "one of if not the greatest English speaking leaders of mounted troops." This highly misrepresented General was truly a legend and I greatly enjoyed this book. It was highly detailed without being boorish. A concept that can easily be lost when discussing history. My only possible criticism would be a lack go maps annotated to his different battles and movements throughout the war

    5. Excellent book about extraordinary and complex men.It is well written and based on extensive research. Author demonstrate very good grasp of strategy and tactic and is not afraid to be critical of Forrest decisions (although "Failure In The Saddle" shows, that NBF's conduct during Chickamagua's champaign needs to be partially reassessed).All in all I think it is must read book for person interested in American Civil War.

    6. Admittedly I did not finish this. Definitely a product of its time. Shameless hero worship, glossing over events like the KKK. Writing is dry and apologetic. Good for historiography research but there must be a better biography out there.

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