Forrest's Trees were a group of demonstrators who supported Patriot Party candidate Nathan Bedford Forrest in the Presidential race of 1867. The Trees wore gray capes with hoods as their uniform. In early Spring, a group of Trees took part in a heated debate between followers of opposing candidates in Nashville, North Carolina, loudly singing the "Bedford Forrest Quickstep" during the event.[1] Later that year, a group of Trees served as Forrest's bodyguards at a rally in nearby Rocky Mount.[2]

Literary comment[]

The Trees' uniform is suggestive of the Ku Klux Klan, a group which existed at the same time in OTL, and had the same man as one of its first leaders.


  1. The Guns of the South, 381-384.
  2. Ibid., p. 397-402.