Nathan Bedford Forrest For Teens

Nathan Bedford ForrestWorried about who your teenager idolizes?  Well, now you can return them to the good old days of the Civil War and Southern chivalry with Lochlainn Seabrook’s book about Nathan Bedford Forrest that is geared specifically for teens.

Ride along with Forrest and get a firsthand look at his childhood in Tennessee, his teens in Mississippi, his first years away from home, his marriage and children, his multimillion dollar businesses, the start of the American “Civil War,” his enrollment in the Confederate army, and his rise to fame as a daring and successful Rebel officer.  Thrill to the dramatic descriptions of General Forrest’s exploits on and off the battlefield as he and his courageous cavalry (which included 64 black Confederate soldiers) fought their way across the South defending hearth, home, honor, and the constitutional right of self-government.

Find out why the General’s men loved and respected him, why the Southern people looked up to him as their “Spiritual Comforter,” and why he freed his slaves years before Lincoln issued his fake and illegal Emancipation Proclamation.  After Lincoln’s War, follow Forrest as he rebuilt his life from scratch, and helped the South regain her political power and dignity during the Yankees’ cruel and revengeful “Reconstruction” period.  See how the great Confederate chieftain lived out his final years campaigning for black civil rights, giving generously to charities, forgiving the North, and working to heal the physical and emotional wounds left by the War for Southern Independence.

Along the way, you will learn the truth about Forrest and Southern slavery and about Lincoln’s War on the Constitution and the American people, truths that have been hidden for a century and a half by uneducated enemies of the South.  Parents, you will enjoy reading this heavily illustrated compact little book as well, for it contains hundreds of important historical facts that neither you or your children were ever taught in school.

This guy’s basement press makes Pelican look mainstream.  I’ve perused these titles in the past, but this one takes the cake.  One wonders if the details behind that multimillion dollar business will be shared, but I won’t hold my breadth.  I have no doubt that this represents a rearguard action in how we remember and teach the Civil War, but it is hard not to be sympathetic with the few who will fall under its spell at no fault of their own.

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  • historianess Mar 21, 2013

    Unfortunately teenagers who read this stuff eventually wind up in my college classroom. So much of my teaching now is unteaching this crap…

    • Kevin Levin Mar 21, 2013

      I can’t imagine too many teenagers reading this particular book, but I have no doubt that you have your hands full.

  • Forester Mar 21, 2013

    I would’ve read it as a teenager and believed it. Heck, I would STILL like to believe this version was true. Confederate Generals as the real Civil Rights pioneers … imagine that! (Then I wouldn’t feel so awkward explaining to black people why my parents named me “Stuart” and my brother “Robert Lee.”)

    “Civil War Memory” has ruined my life with factual information. You’re a horrible person, Kevin. ;-)

  • Michael Lynch Mar 21, 2013

    I can’t decide if I want to order this one, the guidebook on UFOs, or one of the books on goddess worship. According to the guy’s website, he’s known as the “American Robert Graves,” so I’m guessing they’re all pretty good.

    • Forester Mar 21, 2013

      Credit where credit is due — I’m genuinely surprised that a site with Confederate revisionist novels would be open-minded enough to also sell books on New Age goddess worship. That suggests a level of open-mindedness that I wouldn’t have expected.

      BTW, speaking of the UFO book ….. maybe UFOs are where Forrest’s sitxy-four Black Confederates went! (And maybe that’s why we have no records).

      • Kevin Levin Mar 21, 2013

        You should write that book. I have no doubt it will be sold as non-fiction.

  • terry Mar 21, 2013

    Where is Abe Lincoln when we need a good printing press destroyed? You guys will have to fill in and take care of Seabrook’s printing press for Abe. Use Abe’s methods of destroying all opposition printing presses. I’m sure Abe won’t mind.

  • Patrick Young Mar 21, 2013

    Caption under the cover photo: “He ran away last night General Forrest. Moms needs him back in time to drive the carriage to church.”

  • Bummer Mar 22, 2013

    The “old guy” wonders if the following quotes are included in the “Grand Wizard’s” biography.

    Confederate General Nathan B. Forrest at the battle of Fort Pillow reflects;

    “The river was dyed, with the blood of the slaughtered for two hundred yards. The approximate loss was upward of five hundred killed, but few of the officers escaping. My loss was about twenty killed. It is hoped that these facts will demonstrate to the Northern people that negro soldiers cannot cope with Southerners.”

    One of Forrest’s Cavalry Troopers wrote his sister shortly after the battle;

    “The slaughter was awful. Words cannot describe the scene. The poor, deluded, negroes would run up to our men, fall upon their knees, and with uplifted hands scream for mercy but they were ordered to their feet and then shot down. I, with several others, tried to stop the butchery, and at one time had partially succeeded, but General Forrest ordered them shot down like dogs and the carnage continued. Finally our men became sick of blood and the firing ceased.”

    What a dynamic and courageous role model!

    Bummer

  • Nathan Towne Mar 22, 2013

    When you study the American Civil War long enough, you realize that there are some strange impressions of reality out there.

    Nathan Towne

  • Thomas Leighty Mar 23, 2013

    I told my students yesterday that this is why you study history. So guys like this don’t win.

    T.H. Leighty

  • Scott A. MacKenzie Mar 23, 2013

    There’s a fascinating comparison to be made here. Today, a statue of General Henry Havelock sits in Trafalgar Square. He received it to honor his memory as one of the great martyrs of the Great Rebellion in India in 1857. His men discovered the aftermath of the famous massacre at Cawnpore (Kanpur) in which mutineers killed 200 British women and children and dropped their remains into a well. Incensed, they exacted a heavy toll on the local population regardless of their allegiances. When news of this reached the outside world, a figure no less than Charles Dickens supported these actions. Even Mary Chesnut backed them in her diary. She called the actions “humane.”

    Havelock, much like Forrest, allowed and even encouraged the killing. Unlike the Confederate, he died of disease a few weeks later. The statue in the most honored place in London was only the most prominent honor he received. Cities in Canada, New Zealand and even North Carolina and Nebraska bear the name Havelock.

    Ironically, the site of the Cawnpore massacre now bears the name of Nana Sahib, the Indian potentate who ordered the killing of the women and children. After Independence in 1947, the Indian states reclaimed their historic places from colonial influences. Beforehand, the British placed a marble shrine with an angel holding a cross on top of the well. They also built a Memorial Church nearby. Once the British left, the Indians moved the shrine to a new location next to the church. So, no one is immune to honoring mass murderers if their politics require it.

  • Nathan Towne Sep 13, 2013

    Kevin,

    Just the other day I noticed a book on amazon that I was entirely unaware of, published (per amazon) in May of 2012 by Mr. Lochlainn Seabrook that I came extremely close to buying. It can be found here.

    http://www.amazon.com/Constitution-Confederate-America-Explained-Clause/dp/0983818584/ref=pd_sim_b_3

    Had I not seen that it was published by Sea Raven Press (from whom I have purchased two monumental clunkers already) I would have bought it, as I had never heard of the author. Once I saw that it was by Sea Raven Press, I clicked on his bio on amazon. You should check it out, he seems like a very an odd person.

    What a shame too. The Confederate States Constitution is an outstanding subject.

    Nathan Towne

    • Kevin Levin Sep 13, 2013

      Yes, you can find a couple of posts about this publisher on this site.

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