Jeffrey Edward Forrest
Jeffrey E. Forrest, a younger
brother of Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest, was born on June 10, 1838,
in Tippah County, Mississippi, the son of William and Miriam (Beck) Forrest. His
father, a farmer and blacksmith, died four months before Jeffrey was born, and
the son was in essence raised by his older brother, the future general. Before
the war Jeffrey pursued his studies in De Soto County, Mississippi, and in
Memphis, Tennessee. His now wealthy brother furnished the means for the best
education. At the start of the war Jeffrey Forrest was managing a livery stable
Enlisting with his brother as a private in Company D of the 7th Tennessee Cavalry, Jeffrey was elected second lieutenant of Company C of Forrest's cavalry regiment in June, 1861. Lieutenant Forrest had a horse killed under him at the Battle of Fort Donelson and was with his brother through the escape from that fort and the Battle of Shiloh. On March 11, 1862, Forrest was elected captain of Company C. However, he declined the election and resigned his officer's commission on June 17, 1862. A young officer of great promise, Forrest soon rejoined the army and was commissioned major, then lieutenant colonel of the 8th Tennessee Cavalry. Forrest was transferred to Brigadier General Phillip D. Roddey's cavalry brigade in northern Alabama and was distinguished in various skirmishes there throughout 1863. At one skirmish at Bear's Creek, Mississippi, in October, 1863, Lieutenant Colonel Forrest was shot through both thighs. In 1864 General Forrest, by now building up a cavalry force in northern Mississippi, requested that Jeffrey and his regiment join him. Though not yet recovered from his wounds, Colonel Forrest complied and was put in command of a brigade. "Exhibiting military ability of an order which approached more nearly the genius of the great general," Colonel Forrest brilliantly led his brigade against the invading Union cavalry of General W. Sooy Smith. On February 22, 1864, near Okolona, Mississippi, while leading the pursuit against Smith's raiders, Colonel Forrest was shot in the neck and mortally wounded at the head of his troopers. In 1868 his remains were transferred to Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis. He is buried in the Forrest family plot under a government grave marker which gives incorrect years of birth and death.
Although some sources say Forrest was commissioned brigadier general, it appears he died a colonel.
Reference: More Generals in Gray. Bruce S. Allardice. A companion volume to Generals in Gray. Louisiana State University Press. Baton Rouge. LA.