I bought this one from the Great Granddaughter of Joesph Deer who was with the 7th Alabama Cavalry. This Seventh was organized at Newbern, in Greene County, July 22, 1863, and was raised as part of the brigade of Gen. Clanton. Ordered to Pollard, the regiment remained in that vicinity for nearly a year. In the fall of 1864, the Seventh reported to Gen. Forrest at Corinth, and was assigned to Rucker's brigade. It took part in the raid on Johnsonville, and was engaged in the fighting as Hood moved up to Nashville. The Seventh also bore the brunt of the night attack of the enemy at Brentwood, suffering severely in killed and wounded. During Hood's retreat, the regiment fought daily and nightly, repelling the repeated assaults of the enemy's swarm of cavalry. When the Seventh reached Corinth, only 64 rank and file (effective) were left of the 350 with which it began the campaign. After recruiting a few weeks, the regiment joined Gen. Buford, at Montevallo, 300 strong. Ordered to west Florida, the Seventh reached Greenville, then turned and confronted Wilson's corps from Benton to Girard, fighting and obstructing his march. At Girard the regiment was in the line, and took part in the last fighting of the great war. It moved by way of Dadeville and Wetumpka, and surrendered at Gainesville, May 14, 1865.
It wasn't long after the formation of the UCV in 1889, that a calling came from within the ranks for a separate subdivision group within the United Confederate Veterans, Forrest Cavalry Corp Veterans.
This UCV medal was only given to "Members" of General Forrest Cavalry Corp. I acquired this one from Richard "Dick" Wall and it belonged to his GG Grandfather Thomas A Wall who rode with the 53rd Alabama Partisan Rangers.
These two original US Military Telegrams are the focal point of my General Forrest collection and show just why the Yankee Generals called him "That Devil Forrest"
The most renowned Cavalry Commander of the Civil War was honored at the 1901 and 1909 UCV National Reunions held in his hometown of Memphis. Anything related to General Nathan Bedford Forrest is highly sought after. Represented here a just a few of the examples of these items that I have in my collection.
General Nathan Bedford Forrest