Following The Defeat Of The Confederacy In 1865, Nathan

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Following the defeat of the Confederacy in 1865, Nathan B. Forrest was held in high regards in the south as a “War Hero”. It was reported that he had twenty-nine horse shot out from under him, killed or wounded thirty soldiers in hand-to-hand combat, and being wounded four separate times himself.1 The Ku Klux Klan was already in existence when they offered him a position of command in the fight against reconstruction and corruption that came with it. Forrest held the title of “Grand Wizard”, but would eventually disbanded the Klan due to excessive violence that countered efforts to secure southern rights within the Union. At the end of the Civil War, Nathan B. Forrest was faced with the brutal reconstruction era that followed the end of…show more content…
Forrest declared the Ku Klux Klan dissolved and disbanded in 1869.12 Forrest declared a victory in the Klan’s primary objective of helping southerners from the oppression of reconstruction, in the hopes to save face.13 Nathan Forrest continued to be proactive in defending the rights of both white and black southerners as a former Ku Klux Klan “Grand Master” and even organized the Memphis & Selma Railroad and proactively hired educated and talented blacks to high level positions within the company.14 When confronted with his appointment to the Ku Klux Klan, he would adamantly deny all association with the Klan to avoid retaliation from the new violent methods used by
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