“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Chapel Hill in Marshall County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Forrest Boyhood Home

"Wizard of the Saddle"

Forrest Boyhood Home Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, April 24, 2022
1. Forrest Boyhood Home Marker
Inscription.  The Nathan Bedford Forrest Boyhood Home, the only surviving house of three that the Forrest family occupied in the northern end of Marshall County, is located a quarter mile ahead of you. In 1830, Forrest's father, William Forrest, bought the two-story log house and 181 acres adjacent to the farm of John Beck, his father-in-law. The Forrest family moved here from Chapel Hill when Bedford, the oldest son, was nine years old. William Forrest added the one-story extension and front porch to accommodate his growing family.

In 1834, the family moved to northern Mississippi just below Memphis. Forrest, a blacksmith, died three years later. Sixteen-year-old Bedford became the nominal head of the household, although his beloved, six-foot-tall mother was well able to manage her family.

Before the war, Bedford Forrest made his living as a slave trader and speculator, honing his astute ability to read people. He became a millionaire and one of the richest men in the South. In 1861, he enlisted as a private in the Confederate forces in Memphis, but by the end of the war, he was a lieutenant general.

Forrest returned to this area
Forrest Boyhood Home Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. Forrest Boyhood Home Marker
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several times to rest and feed his men while recruiting in Middle Tennessee. He also visited his cousin, Abraham Forrest Lillard, at nearby Lillard's Mill, where he stocked his wagons with meal, flour, and other goods.

Despite Forrest's earlier lack of military training or experience, his unrivaled gifts as a leader and tactician earned him the nickname “Wizard of the Saddle.” His tactics continue to be studied at our nation's military academies.

(Left) Gen. Nathan B. Forrest Courtesy Library of Congress
(Top right) Forrest Comes Home - Courtesy artist David Wright
• Forrest's raid on Memphis, Harper's Weekly, Sept. 10, 1864
The Sons of Confederate Veterans, headquartered in Columbia, Tennessee, is currently restoring and maintaining the Nathan Bedford Forrest Boyhood Home.

Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 10, 1864.
Location. 35° 38.295′ N, 86° 45.421′ W. Marker is near Chapel Hill, Tennessee, in Marshall County. Marker is on Pyles Road,
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0.1 miles south of Dean Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4435 Pyles Rd, Chapel Hill TN 37034, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Forrest Boyhood Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Freeman's Battery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Swaim House (approx. 3.7 miles away); Isaac Rainey (approx. 4.6 miles away); Henry Hollis Horton (approx. 5 miles away); Edwards Grove Church (approx. 5.3 miles away); Moses Steele Cemetery (approx. 5.4 miles away); Old Reed’s Store (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chapel Hill.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 26, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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Mar. 31, 2023