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The Rivers and The Rails Lee Suydam

The Rivers and The Rails

Lee Suydam

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Once in a great while, a Gideon arises. For if there are a million warriors, only one among them surpasses all expectations. Bedford Forrest was such a man. He was a common man, plain, rustic, uneducated, honest to a fault and yet as a soldier he wasMoreOnce in a great while, a Gideon arises. For if there are a million warriors, only one among them surpasses all expectations. Bedford Forrest was such a man. He was a common man, plain, rustic, uneducated, honest to a fault and yet as a soldier he was remarkably successful owing to his penchant for unconventional tactics, fortitude, calculated risk and inspired trickery. To some he was a hero- to others a villain. In truth, he was both.While he suffered many wounds in battle and was even shot by one of his own soldiers, he survived life threatening circumstances time and time again. The essence of his life was his passion. It inspired others. And, on repeated occasion his passion caused him to be openly insubordinate with his superior officers, once leading near to a duel.While there are countless heroes of north and south that we remember and revere, there are few who fought the Civil War from beginning to end and even fewer who remained in the front line of combat throughout. Forrest was not inclined to discharge his responsibilities from the safety of a protected headquarters. Even in his last battle, he was physically fighting alongside his soldiers. He never surrendered.What is consistently remembered in the lexicon of the public discourse is Forrest’s association with the Ku Klux Klan. That story is told here as well. It is but one year of many but that year trumps the fact that Forrest was perhaps the most outstanding cavalry officer that ever sat astride a saddle.