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|Posted: Sun Mar 18th, 2007 08:57 pm||
2nd. LT. Chapman
|Thinking about that make's my heart burn within me. Sherman would never have taken Atlanta before the presidential election if that had happened or is Johnston would have gone through with the attack at Cassville.
As far a Forrest, he certainly had a dark side. He made his fortune in the slave trade and founded the KKK after the war because of the horror of reconstruction but to his credit he disbanded it.
We know for sure that Forrest was totally fearless and aggressive but a bit insubordinate. In any case he certainly would have made a difference in the Atlanta campaign and if he were to even stall Sherman until after the election it would likely have changed the course of history.
So many "what if's"
The general knock on Forrest is that he had little actual impact in major campaigns. Other than Shiloh and Chickamauga he was elsewhere and his role was fairly minimal at those 2 battles.