A true account of all of the units that rode with famed Civil War leader Nathan Bedford Forrest is presented in this thoroughly researched work. Fascinating character sketches of important commanders and soldiers along with an in-depth timeline tying their actions to major events are offered, having been pulled from both primary and secondary sources. Filled with intimate details including battlefield conversations, each section provides a revealing picture of Forrest’s impact and reach both during and after the war.
Separate chapters cover troops from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Included are state, cavalry, and regular army units as well as an account of Forrest’s own military career. Essential reading for any true Civil War aficionado is the meticulously researched and annotated bibliography that provides a detailed account of source materials used.
About the Author
Michael R. Bradley is a professor emeritus of Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma, Tennessee. He earned a BA from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama; MDiv from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; and MA and PhD from Vanderbilt University. Bradley is a member of the Southern Historical Association, the American Society of Church History, the American Association of University Professors, the Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Association, and the Society for Military History. He was appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen to the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Bradley is a well-known Civil War expert and author of many books on the Civil War and Tennessee. He is the recipient of the Jefferson Davis Medal in Southern History.
Bradley was first inspired to write about General Forrest’s staff when he stumbled upon a copy of the unpublished minutes of the meetings of the Escort Veterans Association. Once he began his research, he received input and assistance from local historians and members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy organizations. The resulting book, Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Escort and Staff, is also available from Pelican. He lives in Tullahoma, Tennessee, with his wife, Martha.