"The thread primarily focused on arms available in Forrest command at the time of Brice's Crossroads. Can you explain why we should discount a personal inspection of each company under Forrest's command taken three weeks before the battle? We have Forrest's directions to brigade commanders to make their men available for inspection. We also know that the final report noted that at least 3,000 of Forrest's men had no arms whatsoever."
That would be interesting to say the least. I have not seen this reports. You have the ordinance reports of all the companies in the Confederate forces that fought at Brice's Crossroads? That would have to have been the end of month report for April 1864 wouldn't it?
Who served in Forrest's command was fluid at any given calender date and also what arms they carried. At one time men under Forrest mostly had pistols, early in the war.
"According to the report by the Ohio officer, his detachment was surprised and captured by Capt. Harris of the 4th Tennessee Cavalry. Having the unpleasant duty of explaining his surprise of his entire command, apparently captured before his men could offer any resistance, he offers that a larger group of Confederates struck simultaneously from two different directions in a carefully-timed attack. The attackers were armed to the teeth and under command of the South's most feared cavalry leader, Nathan Bedford Forrest. It stands to reason that these factors were offered to make the circumstances of the Ohio officer's capture a little less embarrassing."
So we are to totally discount this officers report as fabrication? That Forrest men were armed with what? I would have to have more information than speculation to discount his account.