Academic journal article Military Review

FORREST: The Confederacy's Relentless Warrior

Academic journal article Military Review

FORREST: The Confederacy's Relentless Warrior

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FORREST: The Confederacy's Relentless Warrior, Robert M. Browning, Jr., Brassey's, Inc., Dulles, VA, 2004, 129 pages, $19.95.

Forrest: The Confederacy's Relentless Warrior, a short historical biography from Brassey's Military Profiles series, highlights the lives of significant historic and current military personalities in an effort to stimulate a deeper interest in military history.

Straightforward and easy to read, Forrest essentially remains at the tactical level, potentially making it a professional-development vehicle for officers and noncommissioned officers at the company level.

Forrest was a good warrior and excellent tactician. During the Meridian Campaign, he exhibited a valued warrior ethic when he led a newly organized and poorly armed force (just over one-third the size of opponent General William Sooy Smith's Union forces) on an unrelenting 50-mile pursuit to a crushing victory, even though his troops were exhausted.

In June 1864, at the Battle of Brice's Cross Roads in Mississippi, Forrest fought and vanquished a Union force nearly three times the strength of his own forces. His victory changed the North's strategy because his actions diverted Major General Andrew J. …

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