CDV OF CONFEDERATE GENERAL BENJAMIN F. CHEATHAM

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Carte de visite photograph of Cheatham in Confederate uniform. Bust view wearing double-breasted frock with collar insignia visible. Image is clear with very good contrast; two small stains not affecting image. Pencil and partial ink identification on back. No photographer's backmark.

Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Cheatham (October 20, 1820 – September 4, 1886) was a Tennessee planter, California gold miner, and a general in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War.

He was regarded as one of the Confederate Army's most outstanding commanders. During the Mexican War he served as the Colonel of the 3rd Tennessee. At the start of the Civil War he was a senior officer in the Tennessee Militia when appointed Brigadier General of Provisional Army of Tennessee, in July 1861. Serving throughout the Civil War, he commanded divisions in the Army of Tennessee at Belmont, Shiloh where he was wounded and during the defense of Corinth, Mississippi, he was promoted Major General. After participating in the Tullahoma Campaign, he fought in the Confederate victory at Chickamauga and then in the Atlanta Campaign. During the battle of the Carolinas in April 1865, his division was consolidated in size and he led until the surrender near Durham Station, North Carolina.

After the war, he returned to farming for a while and later served as a prison official and a postmaster. 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 died in Nashville and is buried there in Mount Olivet Cemetery.  [jet][ph:L]

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