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What? Joe Wheeler was good at something?
Yes he was, getting along with Braxton Bragg
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It seems to me that Forrest and Hurst had several things in common other than both owned slaves at commencement of the War: both would become murderers and both had negro mistresses.

In a noted incident CSA James Chalmer's brigade of Forrest command accidentally found and overran USA Hurst's regiment. This caused Hurst's men to immediately engage in a wild flight to the safety of Memphis (Federal stronghold). The Confederates bagged the following items: 35 captured Tennessean Federals, the regiment's papers, 50,000 rounds of ammunition, an ambulance, plus the most valuable prize of a wagon load of Hurst's mistresses both white and black women. Hurray!!! Hurray!!!
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Oh my! It now appears I am behooved to come to the defense of the implied impeached character of CSA Cavalry Commander Joe Wheeler. I can find very little grounds to support implied claims that he was a failure as a cavalry commander, other than he fought on the wrong side, and that Bedford Forrest was jealous of him. The Confederate illegal government voted him official acknowledgement of his performance of some recent military actions. Most Cavalry Commanders were overrated in the War, until the last year or so, upon arrival of powerful Federal formations armed with repeating rifles. Nothing made a rebel, run faster or surrendered quicker, than a Federal Cavalryman, mounted or dismounted, and armed with a repeating rifle.
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General Bragg took away Forrest's troops and gave them to Wheeler, including the unit Forrest paid to equip. Then Bragg failed to follow up after Chickamauga. I never saw a battle where Wheeler was accused of knowing what he was doing. Feel free to read up on him if you like.

Because Forrest was successful in Mississippi and West Tennessee, he was given a chance to raise new units for a new command. He was great at raising troops behind Union lines, but then his superiors made them run off again when they said prior service men had to return to their old unit. Many Foot Soldiers would rather ride with Forrest than walk with Bragg. When they went back home they had a gun, tack and horse supplied by the Union Army.

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