Nathan Bedford Forrest

Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest Full Name: Nathan Bedford Forrest
Nationality: American

Profession: Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard
Why Famous: A lieutenant general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. He is remembered both as a self-educated, innovative cavalry leader during the war and as a leading southern advocate in the postwar years.

He served as the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, but later distanced himself from the organization.

Born: July 13, 1821
Star Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chapel Hill, Tennessee, USA

Died: October 29, 1877 (aged 56)
Cause of Death: Complications from diabetes

Married Life

  • 1845-09-25 Confederate army Nathan Bedford Forrest (24) weds Presbyterian minister's daughter Mary Ann Montgomery (18) in Hernando, Mississippi

Historical Events in the Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest

  • 1862-12-20 Brig-gen Nathan Bedford Forrest occupies Trenton, Kentucky
  • 1863-06-10 Battle of Brice's Crossroads, Miss; Nathan Bedford Forrest w/3500 defeats 8000 Feds
  • 1863-11-14 Nathan Bedford Forrest is assigned to command of West Tennessee
  • 1864-04-12 Confederate Gen Nathan Bedford Forrest captures Fort Pillow, Tn

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