On Sunday, September 9th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present its 50th Roundtable event. Author Jack Hurst will speak on his recent work, “Born to Battle: Grant and Forrest – Shiloh, Vicksburg and Chattanooga.”
Hurst will look at the Civil War’s Western theater through two great leaders, Ulysses S. Grant and Nathan Bedford Forrest, who opposed each other at the epic battles of Shiloh, Perryville, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, and Chattanooga. Both generals rose through their ranks, and from humble origins to become known for their cunning and military brilliance. Hurst tells their stories through the Western campaign and how the two men changed the course of the war.
Hurst graduated from Vanderbilt University and spent 40 years writing for newspapers including the Nashville Tennessean, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Chicago Tribune. His other works include Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, Nathan Bedford Forrest: a Biography and Men of Fire. Author and Round Table member Robert Hicks calls Hurst, “both a careful and meticulous historian and a first rate storyteller.”