Susan Hathaway’s Favorite Confederate: Nathan Bedford Forrest

It struck me as interesting that Susan Hathaway once told her followers to emulate Nathan Bedford Forrest. After all, Forrest didn’t care about what happened in Virginia.

That didn’t bother Hathaway. She even travelled to Alabama to express her support for Forrest supporters. She embraces other Forrest supporters, too, much as she likes Michael Hill of the League of the South

Yes, this Michael Hill. You know, the one who would not define wither Karen “slavery is a choice” Cooper or rent-a-Reb H. K. Edgerton as a real southerner. Yup, this Michael Hill.

Now comes a rather pointed essay on the man Hathaway, Hill, and others like … and Hathaway thinks we should emulate.

Go, Susan, go!

PS: Don’t you love the choices Karen Cooper makes?🙂

13 thoughts on “Susan Hathaway’s Favorite Confederate: Nathan Bedford Forrest

  1. Laqueesha July 13, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    Neo-Confederates would do well to heed Forrest’s words:

    “Let us all, then, join their comrades who live, in spreading flowers over the graves of these dead Federal soldiers, before the whole American people, as a peace offering to the nation, as a testimonial of our respect for their devotion to duty, and as a tribute from patriots, as we have ever been, to the great Republic, and in honor of the flag against which we fought, and under which they fell, nobly maintaining the honor of that flag. It is our duty to honor the government for which they died, and if called upon, to fight for the flag we could not conquer.” – NBF, 1875.

  2. John Foskett July 13, 2015 / 3:07 pm

    The article does at least acknowledge that from the standpoint of historical fact, Forrest’s intentions and direct complicity in what most likely occurred at Fort Pillow are still a little murky. But there is little question that he more than satisfied the “Yamashita” standard.

  3. Billy B July 13, 2015 / 4:53 pm

    I wish all racists would change their view points, not just the ones in the South, and I hope that Abraham Lincoln asked forgiveness for being a racist before he met his maker:

    Below are just a few sources that show the man that everyone knew back in the 1860’s but the majority of Americans today don’t seem to know.

    Please don’t read these sources, if you do not think you can handle the truth about Lincoln

    http://atlantablackstar.com/2015/05/05/not-great-emancipator-10-racists-quotes-abraham-lincoln-said-black-people/2/

    http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/news/bennett.htm

    I just don’t understand how Lincoln could think American Blacks were inferior. These blacks helped build our nation, they fought in our Revolutionary War and even our Civil War.

    • Jimmy Dick July 13, 2015 / 6:10 pm

      And the cherry picking continues from a guy who doesn’t know history. No point in even bothering to correct him for the umpteenth time. I pointed you out today to my students. They laughed. I explained how you cherry pick stuff and ignore everything else which proves you wrong. You made for a great lesson in why the lost cause is a failure and why context is so important in understanding history.

      Remember, there are places where you can get an education and learn history instead of lying about it, Billy.

    • Brooks D. Simpson July 13, 2015 / 8:20 pm

      Hmmm. And yet Jefferson Davis felt the same way. Where’s your outrage?

      • Laqueesha July 14, 2015 / 3:07 am

        Though, it goes without saying that ol’ Jeff’s prejudices were much more stronger than Abe’s.

      • Billy B July 14, 2015 / 4:39 am

        Mr Simpson, I am outraged about anyone being racist. I promise you, you have misunderstood me. I know you are a really smart individual that believes in treating everyone fairly, that is an admirable trait. However, hundreds of thousands died for a war that never should have happened, I blame this on Lincoln, but also on the arrogance of the South to think it could win the war so easily.

        I posted on your blog to make a point that nobody should be ashamed of having a Confederate ancestor, in fact I think the opposite is true.

        The only other point I will make is that the South, and Confederates were not traitors, because they had the right to break away from the Union. I stand by my earlier posts, that the South did have the right to secede, it was not mentioned in the Constitution as being illegal, and I have numerous sources to show it by people that are more educated in the legal aspects of the Civil War, even though, if I do show the sources I will be called a secessionist or a traitor.

        Also, in no way would secession work or would I condone it, because a a divided nation(s), could fall victim to groups like ISIS or to other more imperialistic nations.

      • OhioGuy July 14, 2015 / 7:01 am

        True, but you can’t read Lincoln in any depth and in appropriate context without becoming aware that he opposed slavery on a personal level very early on in his life. He contemplated over his political career a number of different solutions to the problem, some of which sound strange to our modern ears but at the time seemed worthy of discussion and exploration. Ultimately, he came down on the side of emancipation and using African Americans as fighting men in the U.S. Army. He made it clear that he was pleased with these choices and felt he had finally arrived at the most just solution. He also began to see more social equality between white and black. Billy would do well to read a much wider variety of Lincoln’s words and place them in appropriate context before spouting off. Some of us on this blog have spent years studying Lincoln and the war. Dr. Simpson, of course, is a professional historian, who is a true expert on the subject at hand. Some of the rest of us are academics in our own right, but not necessarily trained historians, but we’ve learned enough to be able to place our statements in at least a semblance of proper historical context.

        • Billy B July 14, 2015 / 10:42 am

          Ohioguy:

          I know Mr. Simpson is very smart, and I respect him. I may take his advice and make my own blog one day, it probably will deal with many things, not just the Confederate Flag.

          Saying all of that, I do want to point out that it was enjoyable to be able to post in here. I will not post anymore under his articles. the last several days has been interesting though.

          Take care all.

    • Rob Baker July 14, 2015 / 7:20 am

      Billy,

      You really are the world’s foremost champion of ignorance.

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