The Civil War, Day by Day

The Ghost Column

The Ghost Column

When the war began Nathan Bedford Forrest, born to an impoverished Tennessee family, had risen to become a wealthy businessman. Raising his own battalion of mounted infantry, the colonel found himself trapped at Fort Donelson, Tennessee. Refusing to surrender with the remainder of the garrison, on February 16, 1862 Forrest and his troops escaped during a blinding winter storm, and forded an ice-swollen river to safety. Forrest would soon receive a promotion to brigadier general for his daring, and continue to achieve notoriety at Shiloh and elsewhere.

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