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Jay Watson and Jr., James G. Thomas

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496809971

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496809971.001.0001

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Monuments, Memory, and Faulkner’s Nathan Bedford Forrest

Monuments, Memory, and Faulkner’s Nathan Bedford Forrest

(p.85) Monuments, Memory, and Faulkner’s Nathan Bedford Forrest
Faulkner and History

Andrew B. Leiter

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines Faulkner's engagement with the legacy of a controversial historical figure, Nathan Bedford Forrest. It suggests that Forrest's presence permeates Faulkner's work more thoroughly than that of any other historical figure of the Civil War; the result, perhaps, of Falkner family legends that linked Forrest with “the Old Colonel,” W. C. Falkner, in wartime north Mississippi. Forrest figures most explicitly in the Faulkner oeuvre in the 1943 story “My Grandmother Millard and General Bedford Forrest and the Battle of Harrykin Creek,” where he makes a cameo appearance to help the Sartoris family sort out a romantic complication.

Keywords:   Nathan Bedford Forrest, William Faulkner, historical figures, Civil War

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