Forrest, Nathan Bedford

Display Name: 
Forrest, Nathan Bedford
Sort Name: 
Forrest, Nathan Bedford
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Peripheral
Vitality: 
Dead
Occupation: 
Armed Forces
Specific Job: 
Confederate Officer
Date of Birth: 
Friday, July 13, 1821
Origin: 
Tennessee
Cause of Death: 
Disease
Real?: 
Yes
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Biography: 

He does not appear in the novel, but is mentioned by name in one of Will Falls' stories about the Civil War. A planter and slave trader before the war, he served in the western theater and rose from Private to General. Falls suggests how raggedy is one group of horses that Zeb Fothergill stole from the Yankees by saying that not even "Nate Forrest would . . . have 'em" (230). Accused of war crimes during the war, and the founder of the Ku Klux Klan after it, he is nonetheless idolized by many of Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha veterans.

Ontological Status: 
Historical/Real
Individual or Group: 
Individual

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