Before the Civil War, Nathan Bedford Forrest amassed a fortune as a slave trader, planter, and real estate investor. He enlisted as a private and by the end of the war was promoted to lieutenant general. Although not well educated, he had a gift for strategy and tactics, especially regarding mobile forces, and had the nickname of “Wizard of the Saddle.” He was accused of war crimes for allowing his troops, after the Battle of Fort Pillow, to massacre hundreds of black Union Army and white Southern Unionist prisoners. After the war, Forrest served as the first Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan and had a failed venture in railroads. He ended his days nearly broke and running a prison work farm.
This Nathan Bedford Forrest mug is part of our Civil War series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.