Category Archives: Nathan Bedford Forrest

June 18th event at Forrest Boyhood Home to honor Larry Cockerham

On June 18th at the Forrest Homecoming, members of the Civil War Talk message board will present to the management of the Forrest boyhood home a check in honor of Larry Cockerham. The funds collected will go to the preservation projects that Larry was involved there on the property. Because Larry was deeply involved in helping people learn about the ACW and sharing of knowledge about the war in Tennessee, a plaque will presented also. There will be several people from the Civil War Talk board that will have traveled from several states to be there. This will all take place June 18 at the Nathan Bedford Forrest Boyhood Home in Chapel Hill, Tn.

Richard Young
Martinsville, Indiana

Spring Hill play – Scathe – looking for support

A small group of troubadours performed a few excerpts from a play called Scathe at the Williamson County Public Library today. The play is written by Dr. Deanne Collins (Ed.D). It is a historical drama based on a love-triangle in small town Spring Hill, Tennessee, in May 1863. It’s based on a true incident of Dr. Peters shooting and killing Gen Earl Van Dorn.

The drama troupe are all amateur actors. Collins is looking for corporate sponsors and support from residents in middle Tennessee. Her hope is to perform this drama (musical) annually, on the anniversary of the incident, starting in 2013. The play is presented in hopes of supporting the Tennessee Children’s Home in Spring Hill, TN.

For more info go to or contact Collins at deannemcollins[at]

Here’s a short vignette of Bakari King singing as a slave Madzura.

Civil War artist – John Paul Strain – releases new painting of General Forrest at Carnton


General Forrest at Carnton

General Forrest at Carnton
General N.B. Forrest, Major J.P. Strange & Mrs. Caroline McGavock
November 30, 1864 – Franklin, Tennessee

Visit Strain’s web site.

Strain’s likness of modern-day Carnton is pretty accurate. Here’s a picture of the the same basic view of Carnton that Strain interpreted for his painting.

List of Confederate Generals engaged at Franklin (30 Nov 1864)?

Here’s a list of Confederate Generals who were engaged at the Battle of Franklin, Nov 30, 1864.

John Adams
William B. Bate
William F. Brantley
John C. Brown
Abraham Buford
John C. Carter
James R. Chalmers
Patrick R. Cleburne
Francis Marion Cockrell
Zachariah Deas
Winfield Scott Featherston
Samuel G. French
States Rights Gist
George W. Gordon
Edward Johnson
Mark P. Lowrey
Hiram B. Granbury
S. D. Lee
John Bell Hood
Nathan Bedford Forrest
Henry Jackson
William Hicks Jackson
S. D. Lee
W. W. Loring
Mark P. Lowrey
Arthur C. Manigault
William Quarles
Daniel Reynolds
Thomas M. Scott
Claudius W. Sears
Jacob Sharp
Charles Shelley
Thomas Benton Smith
A. P. Stewart
Otho F. Strahl
Edward C. Walthall

Rich man’s war, poor man’s fight?

CSA General Earl Van Dorn

Perhaps you have heard this phrase about when men go off to war   . . . . “a rich man’s war, and a poor man’s fight.”

Well,  read the following diary account of a 115th Illinois Union soldier who records some comments of captured rebel soldiers in late March 1863 in Franklin. General Earl Van Dorn was active in Williamson County and Franklin at this time.  These Confederate prisoners of war are from Van Dorn’s army, more specifically, they belonged to Nathan Bedfort Forrest’s cavalry corps.

“I conversed a good deal with the prisoners while guarding them. They seem to be a very gentlemanly set of men and many of them intelligent. They say they and the majority of the army are willing to return to their former allegiance if they can be guaranteed their rights under the constitution. They blame their leaders as well as ours for misrepresenting the public sentiments . . . They are from Alabama & belonged to Van Dorn’s command but under the immediate command of Forrest.”

March 26th, 1863 – from the diary of Zeboim Carter Patten (1840-1925) , 115th Illinois Infantry, Co H

Source: The Civil War Years Revealed Through Letters, Diaries and Memoirs. Rick Warwick. 2006: 83.