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    THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH OF GENERAL NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST 1870'S. - Nathaniel Bedford Forrest (July 13, 1821 - October 29, 1877) was a Confederate Army general during the American Civil War. Perhaps the most highly regarded cavalry and partisan (guerrilla) leader in the war, Forrest is regarded by many military historians as that conflict's most innovative and successful general. His tactics of mobile warfare are still studied by modern soldiers. Forrest is also one of the war's most controversial figures. After war broke out, Forrest returned to Tennessee and enlisted as a private in the Confederate States Army. On July 14, 1861, he joined Captain J.S. White's Company "Q", Tennessee Mounted Rifles. Upon seeing how badly equipped the CSA was, Forrest made an offer to buy horses and equipment for a regiment of Tennessee volunteer soldiers with his own money. His superior officers and the state governor, surprised that someone of Forrest's wealth and prominence had enlisted as a soldier of the lowest rank, commissioned him as a colonel. In October of 1861 he was given command of his own regiment, "Forrest's Tennessee Cavalry Battalion". Forrest had no prior formalized military training or experience. He applied himself diligently to learn, and having an innate sense of successful tactics and strong leadership abilities, Forrest soon became an exemplary soldier. In Tennessee, there was much public debate concerning the state's decision to join the Confederacy, and both the CSA and the Union armies were actively seeking Tennessean recruits. Forrest sought men eager for battle, promising them that they would have "ample opportunity to kill Yankees." This albumen photograph from the "Forrest" family is purportedly the very last photograph taken of Nathan Bedford Forrest in Memphis, Tennessee, before his death in 1877. Image measures approximately 8" x10", in a 12.25" x 14.25" original ebony frame.

    Provenance: Forrest Family, at the same time they sold his sword, to Dr. Roland Bill.
    Exhibited: Lot 2 house Museum, Franklin, Tennessee.
    Condition: Very good, light contrast

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