CDV OF C.S. GENERAL CHEATHAM

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Bust view of Cheatham in Confederate uniform. Photographer’s backmark, The Monumental Photograph Co., Baltimore.

Benjamin Franklin Cheatham (October 20, 1820 – September 4, 1886) was a Tennessee planter, California gold miner, and a general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He served in the Army of Tennessee, and was blamed for Union General Schofield's escape at Spring Hill, Tennessee -- a major factor in the Confederate defeat at Franklin, Tennessee. After the collapse of Hood's army at Nashville, Cheatham joined Johnston's motley command for the Carolinas Campaign as a division commander, the highest position this small army could justify. He surrendered to General Sherman in North Carolina in April 1865.

After the war, Cheatham declined an offer of Federal civil service employment from President Grant. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States House of Representatives in 1872. He served for four years as the appointed superintendent of a Tennessee state prison. He was appointed postmaster of Nashville (1885–1886). He died in 1886 in Nashville and is buried there in Mount Olivet Cemetery.  [jet] [ph:L]

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