Forrest, Australian Capital Territory
Forrest, Victoria, a small rural township
Division of Forrest, a federal division of the Australian House of Representatives, in Western Australia
Electoral district of Forrest, Western Australia, an electoral district from 1904 to 1950
Forrest Land District, Western Australia, a cadastral division
Forrest, Western Australia, a small settlement and railway station
Forrest River, Western Australia
Forrest Highway, Western Australia
Forrest, Illinois, a village
Forrest City, Arkansas
Forrest Township, Livingston County, Illinois
Forrest County, Mississippi
Camp Forrest, an American World War II training base in Tullahoma, Tennessee
Apache Forrest, a web-publishing framework
Tropical Storm Forrest (disambiguation), a storm and two typhoons
Forrest School (disambiguation)
Forrest Elementary School District, Cochise County, Arizona
USS Forrest (DD-461), a World War II US Navy destroyer
CSS Forrest, a Confederate gunboat in the American Civil War
Forrest Group, a Belgian group of companies
Forrest Baronets, a title in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Before the war Forrest amassed a fortune as a planter, real estate investor, and slave trader. He was one of the few officers on either side of the war to enlist as a private and be promoted to general officer and corps commander during the war. He created and established new doctrines for mobile forces, earning the nickname The Wizard of the Saddle. After the war ended, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and General Robert E. Lee both expressed their belief that the Confederate high command had failed to use Forrest's talents fully.
Union general William Tecumseh Sherman called him "that devil Forrest" during wartime communications with Ulysses S. Grant and considered him "the most remarkable man our civil war produced on either side". He is considered one of the Civil War's most brilliant tacticians. Without military education or training, he became the scourge of Grant, Sherman, and almost every other Union general who fought in Tennessee, Alabama, or Kentucky. Forrest fought by simple rules: he maintained that "war means fighting and fighting means killing" and that the way to win was "to get there first with the most men". His cavalry, which Sherman reported in disgust "could travel one hundred miles in less time it takes ours to travel ten", secured more Union guns, horses, and supplies than any other single Confederate unit. He played pivotal roles at Fort Donelson, Shiloh, the capture of Murfreesboro, the Franklin-Nashville campaign, Brice's Cross Roads, and in pursuit and capture of Colonel Streight's Raiders.
Forrest was accused of war crimes at the Battle of Fort Pillow for allegedly allowing forces under his command to massacre hundreds of black Union Army and white Southern Unionist prisoners. However, Sherman investigated the allegations and did not charge Forrest with any improprieties. Park Ranger Matt Atkinson, during his lecture on Brice's Crossroads, stated that there were no orders found in the chain of command, ordering the massacre of the garrison.
He was a pledged delegate from Tennessee to the New York Democratic national convention of July 4, 1868. Forrest was an early member of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). Historian and Forrest biographer Brian Steel Wills writes, "While there is no doubt that Forrest joined the Klan, there is some question as to whether he actually was the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.