Benjamin Jefferson Hill

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Benjamin Jefferson Hill, a native of Tennessee, was born near McMinnville on June 13, 1825. After receiving his education in the common schools of the neighborhood, he entered the mercantile business, and in 1855 was elected to the state senate. At the outbreak of war he was appointed colonel of the 5th Regiment, Provisional Army of Tennessee, which later became the 35th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry. The command was assigned to Cleburne's brigade, and Hill led it with marked gallantry at Shiloh, in Bragg's Kentucky campaign, and in the battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga. In late 1863 he was appointed provost marshal of the Army of Tennessee and served in that capacity during the Atlanta campaign, being relieved August 24, 1864. He was promoted brigadier general on November 30, 1864, as a reward for distinguished services during Hood's Tennessee campaign. In this campaign he led a cavalry command and co-operated with Bate's division in the attempted destruction of the railroad and blockhouses between Murfreesboro and Nashville. In the last months of the war he commanded a brigade under Forrest, and participated in the latter's campaign against the Federal General Wilson. General Hill returned to McMinnville at the close of hostilities and re-entered the mercantile business. He subsequently engaged in the practice of law until his death in McMinnville, January 5, 1880, where he is buried.

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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.