In the midst of the Civil War, General George B. McClellan marched his army into Kentucky, where he captured Fort Sumter, which is famous for being the site of the battle of Gettysburg.
McClesllan’s army captured the Confederate forces and led them to surrender.
In his book The Man Who Would Be King, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest wrote, “When you have surrendered, you will be free to take your horses and go home.
I am a man who has fought and lost and suffered and died for the Union, but I can’t fight forever.
I can take a few days, but it will all be over when I get back to my country.”
Forrest, who is often credited with winning the Civil Rights Movement in the South, said he would have liked to see a Confederate army surrender, but he did not want to risk the lives of his men.
Forrest told the Charleston Daily Mail in 2016, “I have seen how the enemy’s hearts beat at the idea of surrender, and I will say it is a shame to surrender, even in a time of war.
The man who is a hero to me is not a hero for surrender, he is a patriot for doing his duty.
But I have seen enough to know that this country is not going to surrender.”
The battle of Fort Sumton, which was held in 1863, became a rallying cry for many Americans and was a moment of inspiration for young Americans.
It is a fitting tribute to the brave men who were there that fateful day in 1865, the anniversary of the surrender of the Confederate Army.
But in his memoir, Forrest said, “The surrender of Fort Hood in Texas and the capture of the Red River at New Orleans were the most gallant acts I have ever seen in my life.
It was an honor to have fought and to have seen my country win a war.
But we had to leave a little piece of ourselves in this fight.
We had to fight and die and give the Union a victory.
The only sacrifice I made was to give my life.”
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