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Nathan Bedford Forrest

Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest

Profession: Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard

United States of America

Biography: 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
Birthplace: Chapel Hill, Tennessee, USA
Star Sign: Cancer

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

  • 1862-12-20 Confederate Army Brigadier General Nathan Bedford Forrest occupies Trenton, Kentucky (US Civil War)
  • 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 General Nathan Bedford Forrest captures Fort Pillow, Tennessee