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Gideon J. Pillow

Date of Birth:      June 8, 1806
Hometown:         Williamson County, TN
Education:           University of Nashville, 1827
Final Wartime Rank:    Brigadier General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     October 8, 1878
Place of Death:    Helena, AR
Buried At:           Memphis, TN

Major Battles:        Battle of Belmont, Fort Donelson

Interesting Fact(s):    Pillow, a graduate of the University of Nashville, would practice law, in Columbia, TN.  The partner in his law firm, was James K. Polk, future president of the United States.  Pillow himself, would run for vice president, unsuccessfully, in 1852, and again in 1856.  He would serve in the Mexican War, as major general, and would be wounded twice in Mexico.  With the secession, of Tennessee, he would be appointed senior major general, in charge of all state troops.  He would be appointed brigadier general, in the Confederate Army, on July 9, 1861.  Pillow served at the Battle of Belmont, and after John B. Floyd, would turn command of Fort Doneslon, over to Simon Buckner.  Jefferson Davis would remove him from command, shortly after the surrender of Fort Donelson.  Pillow would return to practicing law, in Memphis, after the Civil War.

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