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Nathan Bedford Forrest Childhood Home Living History Re-enactment /An Open Report

On Friday , June 22, 2007, at the invitation of Commander Jim Maddox and State Lt.Commander Mike Beck of the Tennessee Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, I would travel over the mountains and join them on Saturday morning at the Living History Re-enactment on the beautiful grounds of the Honorable General Nathan Bedford Forrest childhood home in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. As the commencement ceremony began, one of my dearest and best friends, Stan Morrison who would on this day once again assume the role he has become famous far, that of General Forrest. The General would ask me to come forward and take the reins of his horse as he delivered to the crowd gathered his welcoming address.

As I stood there the General would heap words of praise to those gathered of my endeavors to help in the glorious cause to vindicate the memories of General Forrest and the people of the Southland that he fought so nobly far. I could not help but to wonder what the men like the Honorable Napoleon Nelson, the grandfather of another dear friend of mine , Nelson Windbush of Lakeland, Florida , and all the other Africans who rode off with the General and who now rest in peace alongside the General in Heaven might also be thinking as I stood there so very proud as they would have in a moment of love for the man called Forrest.

I can only express gratitude to not only Commander Beck and Commander Maddox, but also the entire Tennessee Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and their leader Dr. Bradley who has on so many occasions expressed to me that I was more than welcome to attend any event that he would be present , as they and all present extended their hands of brotherhood to myself and all the other African descendants and their children who play on the grounds on this day at the home of a man who like all the soldiers who wore the Confederate gray who now find themselves and their historic stand depicted by this nation and those who write about them denigrated in a moment of shameful untruth.