Skip to main content

Replies sorted oldest to newest

Principle of military strategy:

"Get there (in the fight) first and with overwhelming force (and you will dominate the battle)."

Forrest is often erroneously quoted as saying his strategy was to "git thar fustest with the mostest," but this quote first appeared in print in a New York Times story in 1917, written to provide colorful comments in reaction to European interest in Civil War generals. Bruce Catton writes:

"Do not, under any circumstances whatever, quote Forrest as saying 'fustest' and 'mostest'. He did not say it that way, and nobody who knows anything about him imagines that he did."[24]
Last edited by Marius Hancu
The expression "get there firstest with the mostest" is attributed to a southern general in the American Civil War. The general was a brilliant strategist, but uneducated. That's why his English, as shown in this sentence, is incorrect. What he mean was that it was vital to get to the battle site first, before his enemy, with the most men, more that the number the enemy had.

The phrase stuck in the English language as a colorful one, and is sometimes used today, even though the speaker knows the grammar is incorrect.

Add Reply

Link copied to your clipboard.