Books: Cavalry, C. S. A.*

BEDFORD FORREST AND His CRITTER COMPANY—Andrew Nelson Lytle—Minton, Balch ($5).†

Robert E. Lee's cavalry general was James Ewell Brown ("Jeb") Stuart, killed at Yellow Tavern in the last days of the war, but when somebody asked Lee at Appomattox who was the greatest soldier under his command, Lee answered, "A man I have never seen, sir. His name is Forrest."

Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821-77) was no flower of Southern chivalry but a tough offshoot of Tennessee pioneers. He talked like a poor white; it is doubtful...

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