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Collection Number: 03372

Collection Title: Benjamin Franklin Cheatham Papers, 1834-1893.

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Size About 134 items.
Abstract Benjamin Franklin Cheatham (1820-1886) was born in Nashville, Tenn. He served in the United States Army as captain and colonel in the Mexican War, later going to California, 1849-1853, and returning to Tennessee to serve as major general in the state militia during the 1850s. Cheatham became a major-general in the Confederate Army in 1862 and served under Polk, Hardee, and Hood. Personal correspondence and military papers of Benjamin Franklin Cheatham, relating chiefly to his Mexican War experiences, his Civil War activities, and post-war discussions of Confederate military activity. Fragments of reports of Civil War military engagements, Confederate Army maps, and Mexican War muster rolls. Three volumes contain a diary and memoranda covering parts of Cheatham's Mexican War experiences; muster rolls of a company of the 1st Regiment 1st Brigade, Tennessee Volunteer Militia (circa 1846), which Cheatham led; and notes and rolls of a Nashville military company, 1892-1893, led by one "B. F. Cheatham," presumably Cheatham's son.
Creator Cheatham, Benjamin Franklin, 1820-1886.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Benjamin Franklin Cheatham Papers, #3372, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Sensitive Materials Statement
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Benjamin Franklin Cheatham (1820-1886) was born in Nashville, Tenn. He served in the United States Army as captain and colonel in the Mexican War, later going to California, 1849-1853, and returning to Tennessee to serve as major general in the state militia during the 1850s. Cheatham became a major-general in the Confederate Army in 1862 and served under Polk, Hardee, and Hood.

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Personal correspondence and military papers of Benjamin Franklin Cheatham, relating chiefly to his Mexican War experiences, his Civil War activities, and post-war discussions of Confederate military activity. Fragments of reports of Civil War military engagements, Confederate Army maps, and Mexican War muster rolls. Three volumes contain a diary and memoranda covering parts of Cheatham's Mexican War experiences; muster rolls of a company of the 1st Regiment 1st Brigade, Tennessee Volunteer Militia (circa 1846), which Cheatham led; and notes and rolls of a Nashville military company, 1892-1893, led by one "B. F. Cheatham," presumably Cheatham's son.

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Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

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