In the post, though, I did link to some other bloggers' responses. Well, there's another one that I thought was worth a look.
TSO at This Ain't Hell took issue with, well, lots of what Rick Moran wrote. Including an examination of the standard line about Nathan Bedford Forrest founding the Ku Klux Klan:
Either way, I am not going to fight the fight on whether Forrest was in the Klan, or whether he was the leader. What is clear is that he did not found it. I’ve seen that in a few places, Forrest was not an original founder. Second, it is somewhat instructive for a further look at Forrest’s statements to look at what the Klan was when he is alleged to have been named leader.It would be a little much to call TSO's post a defense of Forrest. An examination of the facts would be more accurate. And it's worth a read.
I'm not a historian, but I certainly think we can learn from history. And, despite his flaws, Forrest wasn't the monster he is made out to be. But, once a distortion of the facts takes hold, it's hard to ever clear it up. That's one of the lessons of history we should take from Forrest.
TSO is doing a good job of stating the facts regarding Forrest, flawed man that he was. But the lies and distortions are the norm. And it continues to this day. Just look at how the left -- and many who are lumped into the right -- trash George W. Bush.