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iiii of "Fustest with the mostest" PART ONE Who wins the battle? He who can "Git Thar Fustest With The Mostest." "The ablest cavalry general in the South" General U.S. Grant. "That devil Forrest who must be hunted down and killed if it costs ten thousand lives and bankrupts the federal treasury." General William Tecumsech Sherman. "He was not only a commander but himself a trooper in the very midst of combat, wounded four times, with horses shot under him twenty-nine times, with no fewer than thirty enemy soldiers accounted for in hand-to-hand fighting rn the almost innumerable affairs at arms in which he was engaged." (Forrest, by Robert Selph Henry. Greenwood Press, Publishers Westport Connecticut and Bobs Merrill Company. Page 17.) "Nathan Bedford Forrest was born July 13, 1821 in the Duck River country of Middle Tennessee, at the hamlet of Chapel Hill, in what now is Marshall County but then was Bedford-Hence the middle name. He was the first son of William Forrest, pioneer blacksmith, and his wife Miriam Beck. Of his ancestors liitle is known beyond the fact they were English, Scottish, and Irish stock, and that they constituted part of that vast migration of obscure people who, generation after generation, pushed westward the frontier of America." (Robert S. Henry page 22). His mother, Miriam Beck. was a powerfully built woman over six feet tall who gave birth to six sons and six years after her husband's death remarried and bore three more sons and a daughter. All her sons by both marriages were in the Confederate Army except one was disabled by wounds in the Mexican war. Two of her sons rose in rank to be generals, two were disabled by wounds, and two were killed in action. William Fattest, Nathan's father, sold his blacksmith shop and moved to Tippah County in Northern Mississippi. Nathan had three months of schooling in Tennessee and the same amount in Mississippi. His father died before 'he was sixteen. forcing him to become the head of the family. When Texas declared its independence from Mexico Nathan, then twenty, joined a Mississippi company to aid Texas. They reached New Orleans and disbanded because of lack of shipping. He and a few others pushed on to Houston where they were told they were not needed so he spent four months on a ranch earning fare to return home. At Hernando Mississippi, outside of Memphis, Tenn. he joined in partner- ship with his uncle Jonathan in the livestock and livery stable business in the town square the uncle was jumped by three Matlocks and their overseer and killed. Nathan joined the gun battle, killing one Matlock and wounding the other three. Returning home from the gunbattle he found a carriage stuck in the mud containing a very pretty girl, Miss Mary Ann Montgomery and her mother. The Montgomery's were direct descendents of the Revolutionary War. General Richard Monto.qomery who was killed in the attack on Quebec in 1775. Nathan carried the two ladies in his arms to dry ground and went back and helped the black driver fre the carriage from the mud, to the jeers of two local louts who offered no help. Freeing the carriage and assisting nineteen year old Mary Ann and her mother in the carriage he asked the girl could he call on her. "Yes," she answered, "you are more than welcome." Returning to his horse he grabbed the two young men, knocked their heads together and threw them in the creek. Visiting Mary Ann a few days later he found the two jerks sitting on her porch. He threw both of them over the porch rails, went in the house and proposed to Mary Ann. Twenty four year old Nathan was married by her uncle, who was hesitant due to Nathan's reputation for cussing. They moved to Memphis where Nathan dealt in cotton, livestock, plantations and slaves. On the sensitive subject of slaves, people of that period testified he was kind to them and would not sell them to cruel masters and refused to split up slave families, the greatest evel of American slavery, and would buy them back if they were abused. He was elected Memphis alderman twice, cut a man down that was being lynched and singlehandedly faced the mob. When he enlisted as a private in the Confederate Army he stated his worth at a million and half dollars. When he was discharged he was bankrupt. Ad in Memphis Paper: War-War-War We will in a few days have a full supply of brass buttons. Military Notice By special agreement between the papers of this city it is arranged that all calls for, or proceeding of, military meetings shall be charged ten cents per line in our local columns - which is but half our regular rates - and to be paid for invariable in advance. Trained or educated officers were very scarce. The author, l'ving S. Cobb tells the story of the Georgia officer who lined up his company, doffed his hat in sweeping salute to them and gave the, order, "Gentle- men of the Liberty County Guards, kindlv come to attention.'" Twenty five men in the confederate service attained the rank of lieutenant general or higher When Forrest enlisted all the others were already officers in the Confederate Army Twenty of the twenty five were graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and had been officers in the regular army. Confederate Governor Isham G. Harris of Tennessee discharged Forrest as a private and com- missioned him .a colonel and authorized him to recruit a battalion of mounted rangers, under the authority of the Confederate States. Forrest realized that only the Planter Class could buy their own weapons, horses, and equipment: poor men and boys could no. So he went to Louisville. Ky. bought the necessary supplies, and smuggled it out to Memphis. August 1861 Ad in Memphis Appeal For Active Service A few more companies are needed y & Vitter's Exxon Service Qualified Mechanic on duty 7-s FULL SERVICE Tires & Accessories Hours 5:30 to 7:00 201 WEST PINE 386-9740 ,n s THIRD RAIL P O BOX 1108 S W RAILROAD AVE PONCHATOULA. LA Best Steaks in Town lOOz. R|beye $9 9s Snlad. Frie.s Garlic Bread 16 Oz. T-Bone $119s _Salad, Fries, Garlic Bread i . j to complete a mountedregiment now being formed here for active service. There is also room for a few more recruits in a company of independent rangers not to be attached to any regiment unless on the option of the members .... To those desiring to engage in the calvary service an excellent opportunity is offered. "Now, freemen rally to the defense of your liberties, your homes and your firesides!" Editorial in same paper. To Arms! We invite attention to the call of Col. N.B. Forrest in today's paper. There are still hundreds of young men in the country anxious to engage in military service. Those whose fancy enclines them to the calvary service will find no better opportunity to enlist under a bold capable and efficient commander. Now is the time! A number of Alabama companies raised by prominent citizens were in Memphis not equipped, due to the SNAFU in the Confederate supply system. Noting that' Forrest had no trouble obtaining equipment, they joined his regiment. Two Confederate forts: Henry, on the Tennessee River, and Donelson, HapPY Birthday Feb. 24-Barbara Reyes, Esther Gordon, Katie Uter, Jean Boud- reaux, Wayne Matherne Jr., Stephen Perrin, Madeline Lagarde, Ned Richardson, Vernell Hally, Lavonne Corkern, Nadine Watts, Carol Dedon Feb. 25oAnnie Schilling, A! Beck, Bill Johnson, Lee Ann Rogers Feb. 26-Heather Colkmire, Chris- topher DeMarco, Bill Darouse, Bobby Niehaus, Seth Williams Feb. 27-Kelly Ordoyne, Diana LeBianc, Vivica Gonzales, Bradley Watts, Roberta Connelly, Nellie Beck, Wesley Stromeyer Jr. Feb. 28-Joyce David, Nan Hebert, Louis Hoover Sr., Marion Pugh, Barry T. Landry Sr., Nina Ryle, Philip Bougerg, Ethel Schilling (In Memory), L.H. Fannaly (In Memory), John Hoover III, Michael Melancon " Dee Anne Do-mniwen.,n Mar. l-JoAnn Basso, Rita Bigeiow, Whitey Sparnecht (In Memory), Margaret T. Cutrer Mar. 2-Alice James, Benjamin Richardson, Dennis J. Rottman Sr. (In Memory), Micka Chavers Belated Birthday Dewey Bernard February 22 Anniversaries Feb. 24. Donnie & Brenda Wilson Feb. 26-Cathy & Larry Campbell, Sidney & Pat Alexander Feb. 27-Randy & Jackie Mitchell Feb. 28-Sonny & Melba Joiner Mar. 2-Milton & Inez Lavigne Hospice progress made By CELESTE LAYRISSON Gene Usner, a social worker who has worked in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse program at the Southeast Louisiana State Hospital in Mandevilleand who has a private family therapy practice, spoke to the group being trained as volunteers to work with the Richard Murphy Hospice on Thursday night at Seventh Ward General Hospital. Mr. Usner told the group that they were in for a warm and rewarding experience as volunteers working with dying patients and their families. This work makes one evaluate personally where he is in life and where he is going with his life. The topic of Mr. Usher's talk was "Understanding Family Needs" and he said that the role of the volunteer should be to meet the emotional needs of the family, to provide services and help the family deal with death. He stated that there was really no set recipe for dealing with the family but that you should really follow your feelings and be there to give feelings of caring and companionship. You should reassure the members of the family that they can share their feelings with you. This week's training session will be conducted by Sr. June Englebrecht who will speak on "Communication Skills." By BERNARD VINCENT on the Cumberland, were the object of General U.S. Grant and Commander Andrew' H. Foote of the U.S. Navy. both the navy and the army moved on the forts in 1862. In February. Fort Henry fell to Grant after the Confederates evacuated it as "untenable." From here Grant marched on Fort Donaldson. Instead of taking command, or sending Gen. Beauregard, General Johnston sent three officers of equal rank to command at Donaldson. Their only agreement was to agree to an "unconditional surrender" Grant. Forrest, in disgust, rode out at safety with his whole command. Both Grant and Forrest made the national headlines. Returning to Tennessee he found the citizens in alarm over the false rumor that Nashville had surrendered. Outside of Nashville he had his men dis- charge their weapons to clean them, frightening a Confederate relief column going to Fort Donaldson. They threw away their equipment before fleeing into Nashville. Forrest; men picked up the booty for their supplies When Forrest moved his troopers into Nashville he found utter panic, the governor and the legislature had fled, banks and the post office were closed a'id people were looting Con- federate wa'ehouses. It took four days for Forrest to bring the city under control. A Union captain and six of his men took over Nashville and the city was lost to the Confederacy for the rest of the war. Forrest, disgusted at the chaos he found, retreated to Murfeesborough and reported to General Johnston. This confusion was,the preluded to the mess in military and civilian supplies that did more than anything else to bring the Confederacy down. In March 1862 two huge armies were blundering toward one another at a place the south called Pittsburgh Landing and the North Shiloh Church. Shiloh: A bibical name meaning "'The Place of Peace.'" Here was fought one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Braxton Bragg, the Confederate general, described his army as "a mob." When Johnston ordered them to Shiloh to attack Grant, before Union General Buell could reinforce him, Bragg's mob marched to the front firing their weapons in the air. On the Union side it was much worse, Sherman did not throw out pickets and patrols, so both armies blunerea into one another. Forrest's men camped close Grant's army where they military bands. Grant in his tent q writing to General Halleck Washington D.C., "I haven't faintest idea of any attack on army." Beauregard, unable believe that the union generals not know he was deploying his in front of them, begged retreat to Corinth, as he sus trap. On Sunday, April Johnston's army attacked. The army was driven back to Pittsbu Landing. Riding to Landing, Forrest observed boats unloading Buell's army. he realized it was too late. still, General Johnston was in the leg and died a half hour Beauregard was now in and he ordered a retreat. And Forrest's help managed to fend Sherman's army. But in the pr, Forrest was badly wounded to be placed in a buggy for Cori! Twenty thousand men were killed or wounded on both this battle. Forrest was sent to Bragg's and placed in charge of his units, and on July 21, 1862 promoted to a Brigadier Bridges to be fixed Governor David C. Treen said more than 550 bridges on parish roads will be replaced or under reconstruction contract by the end of 1983. He told the Louisiana Police Jury Association that combined state and federal programs will fund the replacement of 566 bridges on parish roads. The Ponchatoula area has suffered through numerous bridge closures since the beginning of the Treen Administration. "We will have all of those funds committed and most of those bridges actually under construction by the end of this calendar year," Governor Treen told the police jurors. The projects are funded under a federal-state matching fund program which will replace 399 bridges, and a state program to replace 167 bridges. "This is one of the ways we have aided local government in making life better for our citizens," Governor Treen said. Blood bank at City Hall Staff Report Mayor Collins Bonicard has announced that a mobile blood bank will be on hand Monday to take donations of blood from 3 to 6 p.m. Donations will be taken on behalf of city worker Noble Pea who was injured in a city garbage truck mishap severl weeks ago. His injuries led to an amputation and required numerous pints of blood. Rails said sound Staff Report Following the disasterous ICG rail accident in Livingston, Rep. Henson Moore R-La. called for an inspection of all area rail lines by state and federal inspectors. According to correspondence sent Bonicard by Moore, "...104 minor defective conditions were logged during this inspection. Immediate corrective action was taken pursuant to existing federal law in bring track conditions and speeds into com- pliance. A follow-up inspection to assure that corrections have been made will be performed 40 days after the prescribed federal compliance period." The report made to Moore claims, in summary, "This segment of rail- road and Louisiana's rail trackage in general is very well maintained. We are lucky to have cooperative and financially sound carriers serving the industries of our state." It was signed by the director of water and rail programs for the state, David L. Blackshear. 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