Bandy Lecture At Dalton State To Examine Controversial Life Of Nathan Bedford Forrest

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Nathan Bedford Forrest
Nathan Bedford Forrest

The impact of history on the reputation of Nathan Bedford Forrest, antebellum millionaire, Civil War general, and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan, will be examined in a free Bandy Heritage Center lecture by Dr. John D. Fowler on Tuesday, April 1, at Dalton State College.

The program will begin at 6 p.m. in Room 105 of Dalton State’s James E. Brown Center at the north end of the Dalton State campus.

Dr. Fowler, executive director of the Bandy Center and BJ and Dicksie Bandy Chair of History at Dalton State, will present “Hero or Villain: Nathan Bedford Forrest and His Image in American History” in which he will discuss the life and military career of Confederate General Forrest and how his actions both during and after the Civil War shaped his contemporary and current image and reputation.

The lecture will be supplemented by artworks that interpret Mr. Forrest’s image to today’s audience. 

“A self-made millionaire prior to the Civil War, Forrest joined the Confederate cause as a private and rose to general’s rank and command of a cavalry division in the Western theater,” Dr. Fowler said. “Although lacking in formal military training, Forrest possessed a gift for strategy and tactics and used these abilities to design and execute new doctrines for mobile warfare that earned him the nickname, ‘The Wizard of the Saddle.’”

“Perhaps the most feared and respected of all Confederate cavalry leaders, Forrest was held responsible for the massacre of African-American Union troops at Fort Pillow and also served as the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, an organization he helped found after the war,” Dr. Fowler said.

Those with questions about the program are invited to contact Brian Hilliard for more information. He can be reached at bhilliar@daltonstate.edu.

 


Two UTC Students Honored By SGA

Two UTC students who work in the Aquatic and Recreation Center have been recognized by the UTC Student Government Association for providing emergency medical assistance. A student who was working out on the fitness floor of the ARC suffered a sudden health problem resulting in cardiac arrest on Sept. 29. Student staffers Connor Pierce, a junior and criminal justice major, and ... (click for more)

McCallie's Science Club Sponsored Engineering Competition On Bridge Building

Junior boarding student Mack Kraus walked away in early December with $100 as the winner of a month-long Bridge Building competition sponsored by the McCallie Science Club. Mack, Ace Damadoran and Mikey Barro were each weekly winners over the course of the contest. The engineering competition used West Point's online bridge building program, explained Science Club faculty advisor ... (click for more)

Rite Aid Pharmacist Robbed At Gunpoint On Sunday

A Rite Aid pharmacist was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday.  At approximately 11:30 a.m. the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 5441 Highway 153 for a robbery from business at the Rite Aid Pharmacy.  The suspect entered the Rite Aid, approached the pharmacy counter and presented a note to the pharmacist.  The suspect then brandished a handgun, demanded ... (click for more)

Bobby Dodd Lawsuit Against City Moved To Federal Court

A lawsuit brought by former Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd against the city of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Fire and Police Pension Fund over his pension has been moved to Federal Court. The lawsuit was earlier filed in Chancery Court by attorneys Jerry Tidwell and Adam Izell. The suit says former Chief Dodd opted for a plan that would have half of his pension go to ... (click for more)

Please Don't Close The Piccadilly Cafeteria At Hamilton Place - And Response

Oh, no. The Piccadilly Cafeteria at Hamilton Place is closing.  Its last day is Christmas Eve.  I will miss the great food they have there but most of all I will miss their servers, cashiers and waitresses.  They are all so friendly and accommodating.  They make it like it’s a home-style restaurant. I sure wish there was some way that Hamilton Place and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 10 Tasks For This Week

In 1993 a 95-year-old man named William Snell created a list called “Life’s Little Instructions.” His list has swirled around in the Internet ever since and it is, indeed, a delightful checklist to keep us focused in the right direction. Curiously, when I read over it this past weekend, it dawned on me that if each of us would try to accomplish just 10 items on Mr. Snell’s list ... (click for more)