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The Wizard of the Saddle
- The Battle over the Life and Legacy of Nathan Bedford Forrest
- Narrated by: Trent R. Stephens
- Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
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"I got there first with the most men." (Nathan Bedford Forrest)
Despite the fact that the Civil War was fought nearly 150 years ago, it remains a polarizing topic for the country to this day. And nowhere is this more evident than in the life and legacy of Confederate lieutenant general Nathan Bedford Forrest, the war's most controversial soldier.
When the war broke out, Forrest enlisted in the army and was instructed to raise a battalion of cavalry. A self-made man with no formal military training, Forrest spent the entire war fighting in the Western theater, becoming the only individual in the war to rise from the rank of private to lieutenant general. By the end of the war, Forrest was known throughout the South as the "wizard of the saddle", and anecdotes of his prowess in battle were legendary. In addition to being injured multiple times in battle, Forrest has been credited with having killed 30 Union soldiers in combat and having 29 horses shot out from under him. Northerners weren't the only ones who felt his wrath; Forrest famously feuded with several commanding officers and notoriously killed an artillery commander in his unit after a verbal confrontation spiraled out of control.
History has properly accorded Forrest his place as one of the most courageous soldiers of the Civil War, and Forrest attained a number of command successes in the Western theater of the war. But Forrest was also at the head of Confederate troops accused of massacring a Union garrison comprised mostly of Black soldiers at Fort Pillow, and he was also a prominent slave trader, an overt racist, and likely a leader of the Ku Klux Klan after the Civil War.
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- Gordon D. Flick
I purchased this book expecting a narration and biography of Forrest’s exploits. Instead the author never passes up a chance to bash Forrest or Southrons. It should be dumped in the trash where it belongs.
Should be studied for his military brilliance
he may have been a controversial figure, but his leadership and skill are outstanding
- Amazon Customer
He will always the Wizard of the saddle.
lf public perceptipn taints the writers of history and all media, then lets examine the "cult of Limcoln."