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[477] battle was about to begin. Buford said to Lee and Forrest, who had spent the night and morning together in consultation: “Gentlemen, you have not asked my opinion about this fight; but I tell you, we are going to be badly whipped.” Forrest replied, sharply: “You don't know what you are talking about; we'll whip 'em in five minutes.” Buford replied: “I hope you may be right, but I don't believe it.”

Forrest was a great general; but he never rose to that greatness and dignity of soul which enabled Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg to assume the responsibility of a failure.

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