17 Famous Nathan Bedford Forrest Quotes

17 Famous Nathan Bedford Forrest Quotes

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Nathan Bedford Forrest was a general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He is known as being self-educated, an impeccable leader, and innovative Calvary man. He was unique in the fact that he had already accumulated a fortune before entering into the service. He died on October 29, 1877 at the age of 56.

“A government that fears armss in the hands of it people should also fear rope!”

“Boys, do you hear that musketry and that artillery? It means that our friends are falling by the hundreds at the hands of the enemy, and here we are guarding a damned creek! Let’s go and
help them. What do you say?”

“Civil war, such as you have just passed through, naturally engenders feelings of animosity, hatred and revenge. It is our duty to divest ourselves of all such feelings, and, so far as it is
in our power to do so, to cultivate feelings toward those with whom we have so long contested, and heretofore so widely but honestly differed. Whatever your responsibilities may be to
government, to society, or to individuals, meet them like men.”

“Comrades, through the years of bloodshed and many marches you were tried and true soldiers. So through years of peace you have been good citizens, and now that we are again united under the
old flag, I love it as I did in the days of my youth, and I feel sure that you love it also.”

“Get there first with the most men.”

“Give him hell, Captain Morton- as hot as you’ve got it, too.”

“I am not an enemy of the Negro. We want him here among us; he is the only laboring class we have.”

“I ended the war a horse ahead.”

“I have never, on the field of battle, sent you where I was unwilling to go myself; nor would I advise to go a course which I myself was unwilling to pursue. You have been good soldiers; you
can be good citizens. Obey the laws, preserve your honor, and the Government to which you have surrendered can afford to be, and will be, magnanimous.”

“If you surrender, you shall be treated as prisoners of war, but if I have to storm your works, you may expect no quarter.”

“I’ll officer you.”

“I’ve got no respect for any young man who won’t join the colors.”

“Men, you may all do as you damn please, but I’m a-goin’ home.”

“Never stand and take a charge… charge them too.”

“No damn man kills me and lives.”

“War means fighting, and fighting means killing.”

“We have but one flag, one country; let us stand together. We may differ in color, but not in sentiment. Many things have been said about me which are wrong, and which white and black
persons here, who stood by me through the war, can contradict.”