Connie Chastain poses this question:
True or not? There is as much primary historical source evidence that Silas Chandler was a Confederate soldier as there is that Nathan Bedford Forrest organized, founded, operated, ran, directed, rode with, or was involved with the KKK, except to issue orders to disband it.
I’d say not. There is plenty of evidence that Nathan Bedford Forrest was associated with the KKK: otherwise, as even Ms. Chastain concedes, he would not have been in a position to “issue orders to disband it.”
Did Forrest organize the KKK? No. Did he found it? No. Was he involved with it? Sure was. Was he a key player, especially in Tennessee? Yes. Brian S. Wills’s biography of Forrest lays this out. As Wills says (p. 336), “there is no doubt that Forrest joined the Klan”; there is some debate as to whether he was the Grand Wizard.
No evidence exists that Silas Chandler was a Confederate soldier.
That was simple enough.
Here’s a question for Connie: if so many enslaved African Americans loved their masters and were loyal to the Confederacy, then why did a good number of white southerners after the war conduct a war of terror against African Americans, killing the very people they claimed were loyal to old Massa and the good old CSA? And why didn’t former Confederate leaders try to stop that sort of terrorism against people who supposedly in the tens of thousands embraced the CSA and all it stood for?
Can’t wait to hear the response to that one.