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On Nathan Bedford Forrest's Escort and Staff

"Michael R. Bradley breaks new ground with his study of Bedford Forrest's staff and escort, a remarkable group of Confederate cavalrymen. No Civil War soldiers, South or North, could match this hundred-man force as shock troops. . . . Bradley, following in the dramatic footsteps of Andrew Lytle with the thoroughness and reliability of Robert Selph Henry, does them proud focusing on them and their roles. Until now these men had gone almost nameless with all the attention given their legendary commander. Bradley has mended this oversight, helping explain Forrest's almost invariable success by putting faces on his staff and escort."
-Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes, Jr., author of Brigadier General Tyree H. Bell: Forrest's Fighting Lieutenant

For the first time, a true accounting of all of the units that rode with Civil War leader Nathan Bedford Forrest is presented in this thoroughly researched work. Fascinating character sketches of important commanders and soldiers, along with an in-depth timeline tying their actions to major events, are pulled from both primary and secondary sources. Bradley includes a well-researched and annotated bibliography that provides a detailed accounting of source materials used. Separate chapters cover troops from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

Michael R. Bradley is a professor emeritus of Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma, Tennessee. He earned a BA from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, MDiv from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and MA and PhD from Vanderbilt University. Bradley is a member of the Southern Historical Association, the American Society of Church History, the American Association of University Professors, the Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Association, and the Society for Military History. He was appointed by Gov. Phil Bredesen to Tennessee's Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Bradley is a well-known Civil War expert and author of many books on the Civil War and Tennessee. He first explored the history of this unit in Nathan Bedford Forrest's Escort and Staff, also available from Pelican. He lives in Tullahoma, Tennessee, with his wife, Martha.

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"Bradley is at his best when discussing these men [Forrest's staff]. His inclusion of material from the minutes of postwar reunions contributes to our understanding of the ways in which such events served to commemorate the soldiers' service and to renew and extend their ties with each other."
-Journal of Southern History

"The book provides valuable new information on the lives of several of the men, unit rosters, and new details from the minutes of their reunions from 1877 to 1909."
--Civil War Book Review

"Tells the cavalryman's story through the eyes of his aides, presenting a vigorous defense of Forrest."
--Glenn W. LaFantasie, professor of Civil War history, Western Kentucky University, Daily News, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Michael R. Bradley was first inspired to write about General Forrest's staff when he stumbled upon a copy of the unpublished minutes of the meetings of the Escort Veterans Association. Once he began his research, he received input and assistance from local historians and members of Sons of Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy camps. This new volume expands upon his theme, examining the many men who rode with Forrest. Essential readings for any true Civil War aficionado are the detailed rosters of each unit. Included are state, cavalry, and regular army units as well as a complete annotated bibliography and a timeline of Forrest's military career.

Bradley is a well-known military historian who has written extensively on the Civil War. He is a recipient of the Jefferson Davis Medal in Southern History.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455616621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455616626
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,227,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert A. Lynn on August 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
THEY RODE WITH FORREST
PROFESSOR MICHAEL R. BRADLEY
PELICAN PRESS, 2012
HARDCOVER, $19.95, 144 PAGES, PHOTOGRAPHS, BIBLIOGRAPHY, INDEX

Anyone familiar with Forrest's career knows of his military exploits and the type of men he commanded. A number of units under his command became famous during The War Between The States while others have remained obscure and supposedly lost to history. But with the publication of Professor Michael R. Bradley's THEY RODE WITH FORREST, we now have a complete list of the units that served with Forrest from 1861-1865.

While units from Tennessee dominate those that served in his command, he had units from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Texas serving in his command as well. Most of these units were cavalry, with several mounted infantry regiments as well as artillery.

Each state has a chapter with the units that served in Forrest's command as well as a history of each regiment with biographies of their key officers. In some of these regimental entries, the author adds interesting anecdotes about a member of the unit often tied to a specific engagement or event in their post-war career. With these entries, he puts a human face on these units. The majority of his sources come from The Confederate Veteran and the Official Records.

As Forrest was promoted and commanded larger units, he and his staff of subordinates ensured that the units in his command were better equipped after a campaign from captured Union weapons, ammunition, and equipment.

There are some drawbacks to the book though and they are listed below:

*The use of footnotes would have shown more in-depth research.

*The bibliography is annotated but not complete.
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Fantastic book that contained histories of every unit that ever served under Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest. I was not aware of all the units that did until I got and read this book!
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Listing of units that rode with Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry; If you are into 'Order of Battle' information, then this is for you.
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A direct ancestor of mine rode with Forrest, so naturally I am interested in any reference
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