in the Civil War
General Nathan Bedford Forrest
"The most remarkable man our Civil War produced on either
side." General William Tecumseh Sherman.
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As a Memphis alderman, N. B. Forrrest voted against
secession. When Tennessee voted to secede anyway he held true
to his state. He was the only soldier to start as a private and
end as a general.
Tennessee sent 100,000 men to fight for the Union and
100,000 to fight for the Confederacy. Tennessee was brutally
torn, having more battles than any state except Virginia.
And with all this, and so much more, Tennessee became the
most fascinating state in the Civil War.
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On January 5, 1861 The Nashville Daily Gazette ran
"The people of the South are preparing for their next
highest duty– resistance to coercion or invasion."
And soon began The War. Tennessee was the last state to
secede, leaving on xxx. It provided xxxx men for the
Confederacy and xxxx for the Union. It was the most divided
state on either side, and with the exception of Virginia, had
more battles. More than 64,000 Confederate soldiers and
59,000 Union soldiers died in Tennessee.
On January 31, 1855, The Memphis Daily Eagle and
Enquirer ran this headline:
"Liberty and Union Now and Forever, One and Inseperable."