Nathan Bedford Forrest was a powerful general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

He was known for being a brilliant strategist, and for his fierce fighting style.

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After the war, he became a leader in the Ku Klux Klan.

We have picked some of the best quotations from Nathan Bedford Forrest for you.


Best Nathan Bedford Forrest Quotes & Sayings

Nobody kills me and lives to tell about it. ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).

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Never stand and take a charge… charge them too. ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).

Get there first with the most. ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).

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Forward, men, and mix with them. ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).

We have but one flag, one country; let us stand together. We may differ in color, but not in sentiment. ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).

If one road led to hell and the other to Mexico, I would be indifferent which to take. ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).

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Attack in all directions! ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).

If you surrender you shall be treated as prisoners of war, but if I have to storm your works you may expect no quarter. ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).

I have stood your meanness as long as I intend to. You have played the part of a damn scoundrel, and if you were any part of a man I would slap your jaws and force you to resent it… ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).

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War means fighting, and fighting means killing. ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).

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From 1867 until 1869, Nathan Bedford Forrest was the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and a renowned Confederate Army officer during the American Civil War.

Abolish the Loyal League and the Ku Klux Klan; let us come together and stand together. ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).

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I done told you twice already goddammit no! ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).

We are born on the same soil, breathe the same air, live on the same land, and why should we not be brothers and sisters? ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).

I will be in my coffin before I will fight again under your command. ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).

I’ve got no respect for any young man who won’t join the colors. ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).

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I did not come here for the purpose of surrendering my command. ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).

Top Nathan Bedford Forrest Quotes

As a cotton plantation owner, horse and cattle dealer, real estate broker, and slave trader before the war, Forrest accumulated a large fortune.

Men, do as I say and I will always lead you to victory. ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).

I went into the army worth a million and a half dollars, and came out a beggar. ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).

I am not here to pass civilities or compliments with you, but on other business. I have stood your meanness as long as I intend to. You have played the part of a damned scoundrel, and are a coward, and if you were any part of a man I would slap your jaws and force you to resent it. You may as well not issue any more orders to me, for I will not obey them… and as I say to you that if you ever again try to interfere with me or cross my path it will be at the peril of your life. ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).

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What I desire most of you, my son, is never to gamble or swear. These are baneful vices. ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).

I have never on the field of battle sent you where I was unwilling to go myself, nor would I now advise you to a course which I felt myself unwilling to pursue. You have been good soldiers. You can be good citizens. Obey the laws, preserve your honor, and the government to which you have surrendered can afford to be and will be magnanimous. ~ (Nathan Bedford Forrest).


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