I did not want to derail BroC's thread on the removal of Confederate statues, etc. But I felt I needed to reply to Plain's response about Bedford Forest. I grew up in the South and have had an interest in the war since I was a teenager. Bedford was a very innovative cavalry officer. He was smart, clever keeping Union forces off balance. Having said that he was also brutal and about as much danger to the civilians living in the area he roamed as to the Yankees. He was accused of war crimes for allowing his troops to kill hundreds of black Union soliders and white Union prisoners after the battle of Fort Pillow. If that is not enough then the face that he was the first grand master of the KKK. True he later disassociated himself from the KKK. But while he was the grand wizard he approved of the 'ghost' masquerades; and 'whipping' and even 'killing Negro voters and white Republicans, to scare blacks off voting and running for office.'" To me this disqualified him from being praised and have any statue memorializing him in a positive way. And I do think any statue to him should be removed. Removal of any such statues, both Confederate and Union, should be done on a case-by-case IMHO.