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Introduction
1)
Title
Forrest General Nathan Bedford
2)
Town, State
Memphis, TN
3)
ID #
1453
4)
Compilation Date (Initial)
August 06, 2005
5)
Compilation Date (Latest)
August 06, 2005
6)
Site Worked Last
August 20, 2005
Content
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1)
Individual|group/family recognition
2)
Outstanding/notable citizen/person
3)
Military
5)
Caucasian
6)
Civil War
Design
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1.)
Man-made
2.)
Inscription/Text Design
Integrated
3)
Equestrian Group
4)
Stone/rock and metal
5)
Average (life-size)
6)
Main + Two
7)
Inscribed/lettered directly
8)
Text available, all
9)
Others, not authorized
9.1)
Image numbering/location
10)
Design Preservation
Good
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
No
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Artist/Artistic Group: Niehaus, Charles Henry
13)
Fabricators/Builders
Known
13.1)
Fabricator/Builder 1
E. Gruet Jeune 
13.2)
Fabricator City
Paris 
13.3)
Fabricator State
 
13.4)
Fabricator Country
France 
Setting
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1)
Plaza arrangement
2)
Under Consideration
3)
Appearance/Setting
Not Performed
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4)
1887
5)
May 16, 1905
6)
Not Entered
7)
Not Entered
8)
Under Consideration
9)
Under Consideration
10)
Other Monuments on Site
11)
Under Consideration
12)
Local government
Themes
1)
MonumentsandMemorials.com Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
2)
National Historic Landmark Themes
The Civil War
Demography
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1)
File Number
143
2)
Town/City
Memphis
3)
County
Shelby
4)
District
Intentionally Blank
5)
State
TN
6)
Zip
38103
7)
Country
United States
8)
Latitude (GPS)
9)
Longitude (GPS)
10)
Intersecting Street 1
Union
11)
Intersecting Street 2
Madison
12)
Additional Identifier 1
Dunlap
13)
Additional Identifier 2
Forrest Park
15)
Man-made
16)
16.1)
Auxiliary support group
16.2)
Citizens/residents
16.3)
Membership Group/Public Contribution
16.4)
Veterans group(s)
17)
17.1)
Washington to Lincoln|1789-1865
17.2)
1866-1913
18)
Compilation Date (Initial)
August 06, 2005
19)
19.1)
Government Materials
19.2)
Journal
19.3)
Newspaper
19.4)
Website
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
Not Entered
21)
Compilation Technique (Latest)
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
DESIGN: SIRIS notes Republic Marble Company as the contractor; Forrest Historical Society comments that "The marble work was done by the Ross Marble Co. of Knoxville." This may not be the contradiction it seems. In addition, there seems to have been at the time a Republic Marble Quarry in Loudon County, Tennessee. Related but separate, the park containing the monument was designed by George Kessler in 1903.
SPONSOR(S): Auxillary support group -- Ladies of Memphis
SPONSOR(S): Membership Group/Public Contribution -- Forrest Monument Association
COMMENT: General and wife, Mary A. Forrest, are buried beneath the statue.
COMMENT A: Under a by-line from Memphis dated Aug. 4, 2005, a reporter for a national daily writes as follows: "A clamor always seems to accompany any mention here of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, the cavalryman whose outnumbered men whipped the Yankees at Brice's Crossroads in Northern Mississippi. He was not just any Confederate hero. After the war, he returned to Memphis and, in 1867, became the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan."
COMMENT B: Writing about Forrest's successful efforts in Georgia, a website author comments as follows: "After the Civil War, Forrest lent his name to a group of enforcers of the Democratic Party known as the Ku Klux Klan. Disenchanted with the activities of the group he ordered it to disband in 1869, which did not happen. The Klan and Forrest went separate ways but the stigma of his days as slave trader, the Fort Pillow incident and his brief association with the Klan would forever raise questions about one of America's greatest tactical minds."



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