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Columbia in Maury County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Forrest-Gould Affair

 
 
The Forrest-Gould Affair Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, March 13, 2021
1. The Forrest-Gould Affair Marker
Inscription.  General Nathan Bedford Forrest was known for his hot temper and he met its match in young Lt. Andrew Gould. At the Mason's hall, (7th & Garden Street) Forrest blamed Gould for the capture of two cannons by the Union troops in an ambush, which later proved not to be Gould's fault. Gould exclaimed "no man can accuse me of cowardice and both live!" With that Gould tried pulling a pistol from beneath his coat when Forrest opened a penknife with his teeth and grabbed Gould. Unable to free his pistol, Gould shot anyway, hitting the general in the abdominal area, a sure sign of death in days before antibiotics. With this Forrest stabbed Gould, who stumbled down the square and into the Oakes and Engles tailor shop, located where you are now.

Forrest went in search for his presumed killer swearing, "I'm mortally wounded and I'm going to kill the man who has shot me!” (censored!) The firing of Forrest's pistol, which wounded a gawking soldier, sent Gould stumbling out the back of the shop where he collapsed. Forrest stood over him knowing Gould was done for.

Finally, when the dust had settled, a local doctor pronounced Forrest
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suffering from little more than a flesh wound. With this prognosis, Forrest had a drastic change of demeanor and ordered the doctor to spare no expense in saving Gould's life. Gould was taken to the Nelson House hotel (still standing across from city hall) where he died two weeks later on June 26, 1863. Forrest would spend several days at the Galloway house (401 W. 9th Street) recovering. He would ride out of Columbia within a month, not to return till 1864 with Hood's invasion of Tennessee.

Taken from excerpts from Bob Duncan's Forrest Gould Affair
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1863.
 
Location. 35° 36.87′ N, 87° 2.065′ W. Marker is in Columbia, Tennessee, in Maury County. Marker can be reached from Public Square. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24 Public Square, Columbia TN 38401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Edwin R. Carpenter (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Johnson (within shouting distance of this marker); Maury County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Founding of Maury County and Columbia (within shouting distance of this marker); James K. Polk (within shouting distance of this marker); Nathan Vaught
The Forrest-Gould Affair Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, March 13, 2021
2. The Forrest-Gould Affair Marker
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of the First Law Office of James Knox Polk (about 500 feet away); Bethel House Hotel / The Princess Theatre (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hindsight: The Forrest-Gould Affair 150 years ago. First part of a series detailing the Forrest-Gould Affair by Maury County Archives Director Bob Duncan for The Daily Herald newspaper of Columbia, Tenn. Originally posted May 29, 2013. (Submitted on March 14, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 

2. No man kills me and lives!. Second installment on the Forrest-Gould Affair by Maury County Archives Director Bon Duncan for The Daily Herald. Originally posted June 1, 2013. (Submitted on March 14, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 

3. The aftermath of the Forrest-Gould affair. Final installment detailing the Forrest-Gould Affair by Bob Duncan, Maury County Archives Director, for The Daily Herald. Originally posted June 8, 2013. (Submitted on March 14, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Andrew Willis Gould image. Click for full size.
Public domain, 1860
3. Andrew Willis Gould
Photo taken while he was attending Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn.
Nathan Bedford Forrest image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
4. Nathan Bedford Forrest
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 14, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 887 times since then and 297 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 14, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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Jun. 21, 2024