unlisted Nathan Bedford Forrest quote

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 6 23:27:30 UTC 2013

Besides being the founder and dissolver of the original Ku Klux Klan,
Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest is known for the following:

Command responsibility for the Ft. Pillow massacre in 1864.

Allegedly having had 29 horses shot out from under him.

Never having offered the advice to "git thar fustest with the mostest."

And having said, "War means fighting and fighting means killing."

Forrest almost certainly said the latter, which is cited over 900 times in
GB, but it isn't in YBQ.  General James R. Chalmers attributed it to him
(calling it Forrest's "favorite maxim") in the _Southern Historical Society
Papers_ VII (1879), p. 454.


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