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Nathan Forrest was born in Chapel Hill Tennessee on 13th July 1821 He was born into a poor family of William and Merriam Beck Forrestand was the third child of eleven but he and eventually became the owner the owner of a large cotton plantation He was also a slave-trader and the buyer and seller of land His plantation and slaves led him to become a very wealthy man even though he was uneducated On the outbreak of the American Civil War Forrest enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private in Josiah H Whites cavalry company on June 14 1861 Under the Governor of Tennessees idea of using Forrests wealth by having him a battalion at his own expense Because of this in October 1861 he was a lieutenant colonel and in March 1862 he was promoted to Colonel of the 3rd Tennessee Cavalry His promotion was earned because he had escaped from Grant at Fort Donelson which was the only success for the Confederacy at that battle The Confederates met in northern Mississippi and headed for the Union army at Pittsburgh Landing He organized the cover for the retreat at Shiloh Forrest was badly wounded but after he recovered he conducted raids on the Union Army He took part in the evacuation of Corinth then was promoted to Brigadier General in July of 1862 and raised the troops needed to have a full brigade He took them on his first raid to Murfreesboro and captured the garrison and destroying track and supplies The important thing their raid did was throw off the Union advance on Chattanooga which allowed Bragg to move into Kentucky He fought in the battle in Kentucky but his next independent operation was in west Tennessee In April 1864 Forrest and his men captured Fort Pillow in Jackson Tennessee The fort contained many blacks and white soldiersAfter the war it was said that the soldiers were killed after they
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