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Benjamin Franklin Cheatham

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Born: October 20, 1820

Birth Place: Nashville, Tennessee

Father: Leonard Pope Cheatham 1792 – 1863

Mother: Elizabeth Davis Robertson 1796 – 1881

Wife: Anna Bell Robertson 1838 – 1888
(Buried: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee)​

Children:

Benjamin Franklin Cheatham Jr. 1867 – 1944​
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia)​
Patton Robertson Cheatham 1869 – 1914​
(Buried: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee)​
Joseph Johnston Cheatham 1872 – 1942​
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia)​
Medora Cheatham Hodgson 1878 – 1969​
(Buried: University of South Cemetery, Sewanee, Tennessee)​
Alice Cheatham Malone 1880 – 1906​
(Buried: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee)​

Occupation before War:

1846 – 1848: Served in the Mexican War rising to Colonel
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Participated in the California Gold Rush​
Farmer in Tennessee​
Brigadier General in Tennessee State Militia​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1862: Brigadier General of Confederate Army Infantry​
1861: Participated in the Battle of Belmont, Missouri​
1862 – 1865: Major General of Confederate Army Infantry​
1862: Slightly wounded during the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee​
1862: Participated in the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky​
1862 – 1863: Participated in the Battle of Stones River, Tennessee​
1863: Participated in the Battle of Chickamuga​
1864: Participated in the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia​
1864: Wounded during the Battle of Ezra Church​
1864: Participated in the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee​
1864: Participated in the Battle of Nashville, Tennessee​
1865: Participated in the Carolinas Campaign​
1865: Surrendered with General Joseph Johnston in North Carolina
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Occupation after War:

Superintendent of Tennessee State Prison​
1885 – 1886: United States Postmaster for Nashville, Tennessee​

Died: September 4, 1886

Place of Death: Nashville, Tennessee

Cause of Death: Heart Disease

Age at time of Death: 65 years old

Burial Place: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee

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He was a divisional commander since Belmont but as a Major General but temporarily led the right wing, Army of the Mississippi. at Perryville and Murphreesboro. Chattanooga was the one major action that He missed. He took over the Corps when Hardee transferred due to his conflict with Bragg. When the army was reorganized and consolidated on April 9, 1865 he was reduced to division command.
 

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Benjamin Franklin Cheatham

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Born: October 20, 1820

Birth Place: Nashville, Tennessee

Father: Leonard Pope Cheatham 1792 – 1863

Mother: Elizabeth Davis Robertson 1796 – 1881

Wife: Anna Bell Robertson 1838 – 1888
(Buried: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee)​

Children:

Benjamin Franklin Cheatham Jr. 1867 – 1944​
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia)​
Patton Robertson Cheatham 1869 – 1914​
(Buried: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee)​
Joseph Johnston Cheatham 1872 – 1942​
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia)​
Medora Cheatham Hodgson 1878 – 1969​
(Buried: University of South Cemetery, Sewanee, Tennessee)​
Alice Cheatham Malone 1880 – 1906​
(Buried: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee)​

Occupation before War:

1846 – 1848: Served in the Mexican War rising to ColonelView attachment 378411
Participated in the California Gold Rush​
Farmer in Tennessee​
Brigadier General in Tennessee State Militia​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1862: Brigadier General of Confederate Army Infantry​
1861: Participated in the Battle of Belmont, Missouri​
1862 – 1865: Major General of Confederate Army Infantry​
1862: Slightly wounded during the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee​
1862: Participated in the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky​
1862 – 1863: Participated in the Battle of Stones River, Tennessee​
1863: Participated in the Battle of Chickamuga​
1864: Participated in the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia​
1864: Wounded during the Battle of Ezra Church​
1864: Participated in the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee​
1864: Participated in the Battle of Nashville, Tennessee​
1865: Participated in the Carolinas Campaign​
1865: Surrendered with General Joseph Johnston in North CarolinaView attachment 378376

Occupation after War:

Superintendent of Tennessee State Prison​
1885 – 1886: United States Postmaster for Nashville, Tennessee​

Died: September 4, 1886

Place of Death: Nashville, Tennessee

Cause of Death: Heart Disease

Age at time of Death: 65 years old

Burial Place: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee


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Cheatham was probably one of the most influential figures in the Army of Tennessee/Mississippi, as he commanded the Tennessee Division of Polk's Corps from Belmont to Shiloh to Perryville to Stones River to Chickamauga, breifly split up during the Siege of Chattanooga, reformed following Bragg's dismissal, fought in Hardee's Corps throughout the Atlanta Campaign, before rising to Corps command, breifly leading Hood's Corps at Bald Hill, and then led Hardee's Corps through the Franklin-Nashville Campaign, to much controversy. He led the remnant of the Corps, not more than a division at best, through the Carolina campaigns.
Cheatham was a beloved commander, it seems. But he was notorious for his alcohol consumption, which apparently inhibited him during the battles at Murfreesboro and at Spring Hill.
 
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