The Best Biography on Nathan Bedford Forrest to Da
I recently finished the new biography on Nathan Bedford Forrest titled Nathan Bedford Forrest: In Search of the Enigma by Eddy W. Davison and Daniel Foxx. I believe that Davison and Foxx’s new book will be ranked as one of the top two or three books written about Forrest. I agree with famed historian Edwin C. Bearss that Davison and Foxx’s book along with Brian Steel Wills, “Nathan Bedford Forrest, The South’s Greatest Cavalryman”, and Robert Henry’s “First with the Most” are the best of all the tomes on Forrest. In Search of the Enigma contains in depth and vivid battle narrative that brings Forrest’s war exploits to life as never before. However, unlike other biographies on Forrest, Davison and Foxx do not shy away from the more controversial aspects of Forrest’s life and military career. In fact, this is the first work on Forrest that contains an exhaustive examination of the Battle of Fort Pillow and Forrest’s association with the Ku Klux Klan during Reconstruction. The chapter on Reconstruction includes the entire trial transcripts from Forrest’s interrogation by the Senate Sub-Committee during the Ku Klux Klan hearings in Washington. The book also contains the most detailed and colorful maps ever produced covering Forrest’s military career. Davison and Foxx have created a new and thought- provoking study on the most controversial general of the American Civil War. I highly recommend this book to readers interested in the Civil War, the Confederate Cavalry, or Nathan Bedford Forrest.
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