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Benjamin F. Cheatham

Date of Birth:      October 20, 1820
Hometown:         Nashville, TN
Education:           N/A
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     September 4, 1886
Place of Death:    Nashville, TN
Buried At:           Nashville, TN

Major Battles:        Belmont, Shiloh, Kentucky Campaign, Stones River, Chickamauga, Chattanooga Campaign, Atlanta Campaign, Spring Hill, Franklin, Nashville, Carolinas Campaign

Interesting Fact(s):    After serving as colonel, in the Mexican War, Cheatham would become major general of the Tennessee state militia.  With the outbreak of the Civil War, he would be brought into Confederate service as a brigadier general.  He would receive promotion to major general in March 1862.  He was a brave soldier and would effectively lead troops at brigade, division and corps level.  Cheatham would participate in most of the western theater battles, starting at Belmont, facing the then aspiring, U.S. Grant.  Commanding William Hardee's old corps, under John Bell Hood, Cheatham would lead his corps in a flanking movement, out of Columbia, TN, in an attempt to cut US Major General John Schofield's retreat route, to Nashville, at Spring Hill, TN.  Schofield would skirt the Confederates, at Spring Hill, and was able to retreat to an impregnable position, at Franklin, TN - a battle that would destroy Hood's army.  Hood blamed Cheatham for his poor results, in Tennessee - a controversy that would simmer long after both generals had died.  With the passage of time, Cheatham has been exonerated from most of the blame for the Hood's 1864 Tennessee Campaign debacle.

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