General Nathan Bedford Forrest

    Born in 1821 in Tennessee, Forrest moved to Mississippi when he was 13. He returned to Tennessee in 1851. His exploits and accomplishment as a cavalry leader became legendary. In Alabama he is especially remembered as the one who received the assistance of Emma Sansom in his pursuit of Federal Colonel Abel Streight and his men.

    After the Civil War he pursued a variety of business ventures. On August 23, 1870, from Marion, Alabama, he wrote to friends in Columbus, Mississippi, "Gentlemen, this will introduce you to my friend, Nicola Marschall of this city both as a gentleman and one skilled in his profession." Forrest died on October 29, 1877, in Memphis. He was re-interred in Memphis' Forrest Park.


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