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"First with the most" Forrest,

Author: Robert Selph Henry; Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State University. Libraries)
Publisher: Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill [1944]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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Nathan Bedford Forrest did not invent mobilized guerilla warfare, but he did modernize and polish it to an extent that has left few theoretical areas for improvement. Tanks and jeeps, it could even be said, do not possess the mobility relative to the main force which they attach that Forrest's dedicated band of horsemen enjoyed. Following in the footsteps of Francis Marion and Lighthorse Harry Lee, American  Read more...
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Henry, Robert Selph, 1889-
"First with the most" Forrest.
Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill [1944]
(OCoLC)563088983
Named Person: Nathan Bedford Forrest; Nathan Bedford Forrest; Nathan Bedford Forrest; Nathan Bedford Forrest
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Selph Henry; Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State University. Libraries)
OCLC Number: 190282
Description: 558 pages illustrations, maps, portraits 22 cm
Contents: A measure of the man --
The first forty years : 1821-1861 --
The first command and the first fight : July 10, 1861 [thru] December 28, 1861 --
Out of the fall of Fort Donelson : December 28, 1861 [thru] February 16, 1862 --
Purpose in the midst of panic : February 17, 1862 [thru] March 16, 1862 --
Battle at the place of peace : March 16, 1862 [thru] May 30, 1862 --
From Mississippi to Kentucky : June 1,1862 [thru] September 25, 1862 --
The first West Tennessee campaign : September 25, 1862 [thru] January 3, 1863 --
Middle Tennessee : thrust and parry : January 3, 1863 [thru] April 10, 1863 --
The pursuit and capture of Streight : April 10, 1863 [thru] May 5, 1863 --
Retreat with the Army of Tennessee : May 5, 1863 [thru] July 6, 1863 --
Victory without fruits : July 6, 1863 [thru] September 20, 1863 --
To new fields : September 21, 1863 [thru] November 14, 1863 --
A general finds, and makes, his army : November 15, 1863 [thru] February 12, 1864 --
Okolona's debut in victory : January 8, 1864 [thru] February 26, 1864 --
The "occupation" of West Tennessee and Kentucky : February 26, 1864 [thru] April 10, 1864 --
"Forrest of Fort Pillow" : April 10, 1864 [thru] April 13, 1864 --
A sword against Sherman's life line : April 14, 1864 [thru] June 9, 1864. Brice's cross roads : high-water mark of victory : June 10, 1864 [thru] June 13, 1864 --
Harrisburg : an invasion repelled by victory : June 14, 1864 [thru] July 23, 1864 --
Memphis : the road that recalled in invading army : July 24, 1864 [thru] August 25, 1864 --
To Tennessee, too late : August 25, 1864 [thru] October 10, 1864 --
Amphibious operations, 1864 style : October 10, 1864 [thru] November 13, 1864 --
Advance : Spring Hill and Franklin : November 14, 1864 [thru] November 30, 1864 --
The rear guard of retreat from Tennessee : December 1, 1864 [thru] December 28, 1864 --
The last campaign and surrender : December 29, 1864 [thru] May 9, 1865 --
The grand wizard of the invisible empire : 1865-1869 --
The harder war : 1865-1877.
Responsibility: by Robert Selph Henry.

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Nathan Bedford Forrest did not invent mobilized guerilla warfare, but he did modernize and polish it to an extent that has left few theoretical areas for improvement. Tanks and jeeps, it could even be said, do not possess the mobility relative to the main force which they attach that Forrest's dedicated band of horsemen enjoyed. Following in the footsteps of Francis Marion and Lighthorse Harry Lee, American practitioners of the devastating hit-and-run cavalry attach of the Revolutionary War, Forrest raised their effective but geographically limited campaigns to an art-form spread over the widest possible tactical theatre. He accomplished this with superior knowledge of terrain and of horses coupled and with an iron will, a complete disregard for physical exhaustion (his own and that of his men) and, this book will demonstrate, by the most admirable sort of sheer country orneriness. Forrest, a man of simple upbringing, is the perfect symbol for the odd mľange that was the Confederate Army; patrician West Pointers like Lee side by side by unregenerate racists like Forrest. These well-bred students of battles and from the classical era were not prevented by an almost unimaginable difference in class from being able to recognize the tactical genius of a farmer from the low country... That any scholar of this history of warfare would have to judge Forrest rather more harshly for his conduct after the war than this conduct during it is just another tragic aspect of the larger tragedy that generated The War Between the States. Heroes rose from unlikely places and returned, when the time for heroism had past, to their more unheroic pursuits. Whether than return negates the valor shown during the conflict is only for you to determine, after you have learned of Forrest's life in all its aspects, heroic, and less so.

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