Historian: Brian Wills
Tour Description: Nathan Bedford Forrest brought his unique brand of warfare to Middle Tennessee in the turbulent years 1862-1864. In the summer of 1862 he established himself as a factor by raiding the Union post of Murfreesboro and employed bluff, including what would become his famous threat of no quarter, to encourage the surrender of his opponents. The next year he ranged near Nashville and participated in a victory at Thompson’s Station that netted some 1,200 prisoners. Then, in the Winter of 1864, as part of John Bell Hood’s Tennessee Campaign, Forrest encountered the powerful works of Fortress Rosecrans, suffering a difficult setback before being called to assist in the rearguard action that covered Hood’s retreat from Nashville. Stops include: Thompson’s Station, Spring Hill, Murfreesboro Courthouse, Oaklands and Fortress Rosecrans.