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Students to Save Forrest Hall

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We, the undersigned students, alumni, faculty and staff of Middle Tennessee State University and concerned citizens, do formally petition the 69th Congress of the Student Government Association to repeal, or reverse by any means necessary, SGA Resolution 19-06-F, concerning the removal of \"Forrest Hall\" from the ROTC Building for the following reasons: President Andrew Johnson formally pardoned Nathan Bedford Forrest of questionable military tactics during the Civil War; Forrest\'s relationship with and involvement in the Ku Klux Klan is not clear: some reports suggest his involvement was critical, while still others note he was not involved at all; However, it is a historical fact that Nathan Bedford Forrest publicly denounced the violent actions by the Ku Klux Klan and called for its disbanding in 1869. We, the undersigned, do acknowledge the historical significance of Nathan Bedford Forrest in relation to both military history and the history of Murfreesboro. Not only was Brigadier General Forrest an brilliant military strategist, whose military tactics are still taught in U.S. Military Institutions today, and a fierce commander on the battlefield, but he also liberated the residents of Murfreesboro from Union control on July 13, 1862. However questionable the history and actions of Nathan Bedford Forrest, we believe that his advanced military strategies and significant contribution to the residents of Murfreesboro warrant the naming of the Middle Tennessee State University ROTC building in his honor.

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  • Gregory C. Monroe
    Gregory C. Monroe United States, Maryville
    Jan 01, 2016
    Jan 01, 2016
    Nathan Bedford Forrest is a Tennessee hero. He is arguably the greatest cavalry commander this nation has produced. He conducted all aspects of his personal and private life with honor, bravery, and integrity. He was not the hater that 21st century history revisionists claim.
  • James Hudgens
    James Hudgens United States, Antioch
    Nov 30, 2015
    Nov 30, 2015
    Keep the name.
  • Elizabeth Coker
    Elizabeth Coker United States, Franklin
    Sep 04, 2015
    Sep 04, 2015
    So glad to see this petition and I support your efforts wholeheartedly.
    General Forrest was never deemed a war criminal, testified before Congress on Klan activities to which he was never accused of any wrongdoing, and disavowed violence. He did call for the disbandment of the Klan once the nature of the organization had turned to uncontrollable elements which were outside of the original purpose for which it was established, that being a protective order for the widows and orphans of deceased Confederate veterans.
    Forrest was very popular at the end of the war and his influence was highly sought because of his success as a military leader.
    He was elected to the Peace Council in 1867 that offered then Military Gov. Brownlow conciliatory measures that would have led to the greater healing of the divide created by the harsh and illegal measures implemented during the Reconstruction era that forced circumstances to exit whereby an underground organization became necessary for the preservation of the life and liberty of native Tennesseans against an onslaught of "carpetbaggers" from the North who sought to take advantage of the situation immediately following the war.
    General Forrest became a Christian before his death after many years of hopeful prayers by his wife and mother. He was a redeemed man by all Christian standards, made his peace with God and the Black Community and died a premature death from disease and quite possibly from old wounds sustained in the war that led to complications in his overall health.
    He is revered for the man he was...a man of his times who fought nobly and gallantly for his people.
    Many here in Middle Tennessee today and all across the South, know he saved their ancestors from certain destruction and starvation as the Southern holocaust after the war, known as "Reconstruction" took the lives of untold numbers of civilians both Black and White during one of the most misunderstood and understudied periods in American history.
  • Todd Bell
    Todd Bell United States
    Aug 29, 2015
    Aug 29, 2015
    Some people need to study history more !! It would be a shame to change the name of a building that is used for military training to something else. Forrest was a military genius and a true hero for black and all races. So leave it be.... Deo Vendis
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