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Very interesting paper, Pastor Shane. I enjoyed reading it and I learned a great deal that I had not known before. Very sad that anyone, white or black, liberal or conservative, would seek to "hide" the most poignant and important historical fact about this man's life--that the Lord Jesus became His Savior!

Your interest in Civil War history has benefited us all:)



I have been reading this blog for some time now but never bothered to comment until today. Wanted to let you know that I am a fan and enjoy your work.


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Very nice article sir & thank you for helping to set the record straight. One slight correction though: The Battle of Fort Donelson was February 12 to February 16, 1862 & not 1864. There was also the Battle of Dover but was February 3, 1863.
Keep up the fine work & God bless~

RE: As Fort Donelson was falling to U.S. Grant in 1864, Forrest called his second in command, a former Methodist minister named Major D.C. Kelly to his side and implored him, “For God’s sake Parson, Pray! Only God Almighty could save that Fort now.”

william Burris

I cannot believe I have never heard about Forrest's conversion. I am so please to know I will see him in heaven some sweet day. Outstanding!


Thanks for sharing such a nice thinking, post is nice, thats why i have read it entirely

Richard Williams

Thank you for an inspiring and uplifting story. I was aware that Forrest became a Christian in the final years of his life but had never read about the details of his conversion before, nor about his speech to the Pole-Bearers. It is heart-warming to know how Jesus can save such a man and his statements and actions in the short time remaining in his life are testimony to the reality and validity of his conversion.

Julie LaPierre

Bearing in mind the most recent attempt to move the grave of General Forrest, this post is most valuable. Thank you for the time and effort made in composing it.

Lance Owen

Love this piece! I agree with Julie LaPierre. The truth needs to be told about the rest of this man's life after he was saved.

Travis Thompson

Sad that neither side brings up his conversion to Christ. The pro-Forrest people simply state that he made a reconciliation and the anti-Forrest...well they want to remember his sins instead of acknowledging his savior. This a link to a Sermon on NBF that I came across right before finding your blog. I have not heard it all yet, but it seems to have some facts about his life and his conversion. https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play;_ylt=A0LEVu_kIKRVExEAZpZjmolQ;_ylu=X3oDMTB0bm5pazcwBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA0ZGR0UwMV8x?p=ken+burns+on+Nathan+Bedford+Forrest&tnr=21&vid=42DD4F5188396C3C226042DD4F5188396C3C2260&l=240&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts4.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DWN.bZ8gk23q1j1q9MU638l8%252fA%26pid%3D15.1&sigi=1214u3gfr&rurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DFZvVVm3I6cU&sigr=11brimi1t&tt=b&tit=Sherman+%2F+Forrest&sigt=10h36bdtg&back=https%3A%2F%2Fsearch.yahoo.com%2Fyhs%2Fsearch%3Fp%3Dken%2Bburns%2Bon%2BNathan%2BBedford%2BForrest%26vm%3Dp%26type%3Dsearch_1%26param1%3D6496623%26param2%3D0%26param3%3D55%26param4%3D394175694%26hsimp%3Dyhs-prodege_001%26hspart%3Dprodege%26fr%3Dyhs-prodege-prodege_001%26ei%3DUTF-8&sigb=16o6f8n0k&hspart=prodege&hsimp=yhs-prodege_001&vm=p

Shane Kastler

Thanks for the comments. I've given several speeches/ sermons on Forrest's Christianity. Here is the link to one of them: http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=713151813424

Bob Metcalf


Shane Kastler

Numerous sources, all annotated and footnoted in my book "Nathan Bedford Forrest's Redemption." Along with a full bibliography. Thanks for the question.

lee sandro

well done


THANKS FOR Sharing. have heard much on his conversion, but unfortunately many have not. Still so much hatred and no forgiveness in our nation.


Klan Archives

As a member of the American Christian Dixie Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, I must correct some misnomers. The Klan was a defensive, militant organization in the 1860's, out of necessity, as you alluded to, however in the 1920's we abstained from violence, as you can find based upon the consensus of the membership, if you read their material, the consensus of our Imperial Wizards Hiram Wesley Evans, William Joseph Simmons, & James A. Colescott, I will quote from all of them if you wish, my point being that the Klan are a fraternal organization dedicated to our god, our race, our nation. The demon you constructed is not, and has never been, us. Non Silba Sed Anthar.

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