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General Nathan Bedford Forrest is an ancestor of Forrest Gump (who was named after him), a Civil War general and first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, According to the Forrest Gump film, Mrs. Gump named Forrest after this KKK Wizard to remind him that "sometimes we all do things that just don't make no sense." 

Forrest is remembered as a self-educated, innovative cavalry leader during the war and for his role in the massacre of hundreds of surrendering black soldiers at Fort Pillow, as well as a leading southern advocate in the postwar years. He was a pledged delegate from Tennessee to the New York Democratic national convention of the 4th of July 1868. He served as the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

Later in the novel[edit | edit source]

Upon hearing Forrest's name, educated tribesman Big Sam correctly guesses "famous Civil War General Nathan Bedford Forrest" as its inspiration.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Groom, Winston. Forrest Gump. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1986. Page 124. Print.
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