Biography (Written and Submitted by Mr. Gabe Weaver)
General Benjamin Franklin Cheatham was born on October 20, 1820 in
Tennessee. On May 9, 1861 Cheatham was given the rank of Major-General in the
provisional Army of Tennessee. General Cheatham was made a Brigadier-General
in the Confederate States Army on July 9, 1861. General Cheatham was a man
that understood the value of his troops, he would look after his men whenever
the proper time came around. But when it was time to fight Cheatham's men
fought with readiness and eagerness, with General Cheatham in the front
setting a brave example for his men.
General Cheatham would lead his three regiments to the Union rear and would
help win the Battle of Belmont. On March 10,1862 Cheatham earned the rank of
Major-General He was at the Battle of Shiloh
commanding a division of General
Leonidas Polk's first Corps. Cheatham's division also began the fighting
at Perryville, Kentucky, and was constantly moving forward. It was
Cheatham's division also that helped push back the Union Army about three or
four miles at the Battle of Murfreesboro. In the Army of Tennessee,
Cheatham's men saw their fair share of peril and honor in 1864.
Cheatham's corps would later capture five enemy cannon and five enemy stand
of colors in the battles around Atlanta.
General Cheatham became Nashville's postmaster in 1885. Major-General
Benjamin Franklin Cheatham died on September 4, 1886 in Nashville,
Many thanks to Mr. Gabe Weaver for Writing and Submitting this Biography.