Benjamin Israel’s May 2 letter on Confederate Lt. Nathan Forrest has several major factual errors.
Forrest never flew a white flag at Fort Pillow and the accusations against him were disproved when he was tried by Congress after the Civil War, and no one ever accused him of “massacring all that moved.”
To the contrary, he ordered the wounded loaded into the Union gunboats in the river. There is no historical record of him ever killing “women, children and infants.”
He was chosen as the first Imperial Wizard of the KKK, but the only written document of that first Klan is his letter dissolving it when it became racist. Perhaps Israel was too preoccupied with his cause to check the relevant historical facts.
Tom W. Glaser,