July 15, Noted Author to Speak on General Forrest

Post date: Jul 2, 2014 3:02:39 PM

In recognition of General Nathan Bedford Forrest’s 193nd birthday, the Tilghman-Beauregard Camp #1460, Sons of Confederate Veterans, is pleased to announce the 20th annual Lon Carter Barton-Jack Vincent Lecture dealing with General Forrest’s military exploits during the War Between the States. Dr. Michael R. Bradley, a retired Professor of History at Motlow State College – Tullahoma, Tennessee, will speak at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, at the Graves County Library on North 17th Street in Mayfield. His lecture will cover topics from his newest book, entitled They Rode With Forrest. This deals with many of the units which served under Forrest during the war. Dr. Bradley will discuss some of the lessons learned and taught by both Forrest and the men who served under him.

The speaker is nationally acclaimed, both for his many lectures and publications. In addition to his newest book, Dr. Bradley has issued several earlier volumes on the War Between the States period including Tullahoma: The 1863 Campaign; With Blood and Fire: Behind Union Lines in Middle Tennessee; Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Escort & Staff in War and Peace; It Happened in the Civil War, [2nd edition]; Forrest's Fighting Preacher, a biography of biography of David C. Kelley, a prominent Methodist minister who was a Colonel under Bedford Forrest; Mysteries and Legends of the Civil War; and Murfreesboro in the Civil War.

Dr. Bradley will have copies of his books available for purchase and autographing. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this program of historical significance to our local community. Many Graves (and other Purchase) County families have ancestors who served with General Forrest. For more information on this event, please contact Commander Scott Parker at 731-336-9893.

About the Author:

Prior to his retirement in May 2006, Dr. Bradley taught United States History for thirty-six years at Motlow State College. During his teaching career Dr. Bradley received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant and a National Sciences Foundation Grant. He also was made a Fellow of Johns Hopkins University. He has also been pastor of several Presbyterian churches in Middle Tennessee and currently is Interim Pastor of Tullahoma's First Presbyterian Church since May 2012. In 2006 Dr. Bradley was elected Commander of the Tennessee Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He is a Life Member of that organization and in February 2010 he was appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen to the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

Dr. Bradley is a native of the Tennessee-Alabama state line region near Fayetteville, Tennessee. He attended Samford University for his B. A., took a Masters of Divinity at New Orleans Seminary, and a M. A. and the Ph. D. in history from Vanderbilt University, graduating there in 1970. He and his wife, Martha Rae Dobbins Bradley, are the parents of two adult children, Nancy Todd Bradley Warren and Michael Lee Bradley. They also have three grandchildren.