John Forsyth Jr.

John Forsyth Jr. (1812-1877) was a newspaperman and politician who took the Mobile Register to national prominence as a popular and powerful voice for the Democratic Party during the mid-nineteenth century. He reported on the American Civil War, traveling with the Confederate general Braxton Bragg to Kentucky in 1862 and later wrongly boasting about Confederate prospects after visiting the defenses of Richmond in December 1864.

Photo courtesy of the Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of South Alabama