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 Posted: Sat Sep 12th, 2009 07:52 pm
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slave trading was an unsavory occupation, but a legal one at the time. That was a wart on his career, but all have them.

The "Massacre" at Ft Pillow has never been proven or disproven.. That would have been a complex situation even if the propaganda machine had not gotten involved. That it did probably means we will never know with certainty what happened. I have read accounts that villified Forrest, others that said the casulty rate was not out of line with the times. Some said USCT were killed out of hand, others say the USCT soldiers put down weapons and surrenedered one minute, only to pick them back up again and take on the role of combatents..

Finally, was he in fact the Grand Poobah of the KKK or did he just lend his name to what was then sort of a veterans club?...

Was he lilly white, no, but he was not the monster others would make him out to be.

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