In February and March 1868, General Forrest visited Atlanta from Tennessee several times and met with prominent Georgia conservatives.Forrest probably helped organize a statewide Klan structure during these visits.African Americans in the South after the Civil War usually believed themselves to be full citizens of the United States and many expected their rights to be upheld by the federal and state governments.
Du Bose, served as Grand Titan for the Fifth Congressional District while Reed himself served as Grand Giant of Oglethorpe County.
Their focus was not solely on African-Americans, but also white Republicans, both male and female.
The Klan’s ultimate goal was to uphold white supremacy in the aftermath of the abolition of slavery, and their techniques were very effective.
African Americans and white Republicans did not always stand idly by while groups like the Klan attacked and intimidated them.
Many freedmen and women realized they must protect themselves and their families by any means necessary from the cruel and murderous crusades of the Klan.