Joseph Benjamin Palmer

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Joseph Benjamin Palmer was born in Rutherford County, Tennessee, November 1, 1825. Left an orphan in infancy, he was reared by his grandparents. He was educated at Union University in Murfreesboro and admitted to the bar in 1848. The following year he was elected to the state legislature, and was reelected in 1851; from 1855 to 1859 he was mayor of Murfreesboro. By political conviction a staunch Unionist Whig, lie followed his state into the Confederacy and raised a company which became part of the 18th Tennessee, of which he was elected colonel. He was captured at Fort Donelson and later exchanged. He took a gallant part in the battle of Murfreesboro, where he was three times wounded. At Chickamauga he was again dangerously wounded, and did not rejoin his command until just before the battles around Atlanta; he was again wounded at Jonesboro. Promoted brigadier general from November 15, 1864, he led John C. Brown's old brigade at Franklin during Hood's Tennessee campaign. In the retreat from Nashville his brigade was a part of the rear guard of the army. He was in command of the consolidated Tennessee regiments in the Carolinas campaign, and fought at Bentonville. He was paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina, May 1, 1865. Following the surrender General Palmer marched the Tennessee troops home and quietly resumed his law practice. Although several times asked to run for governor on the Democratic ticket, he refrained from active politics. He died at his home in Murfreesboro, November 4, 1890. and is buried there in Evergreen Cemetery.

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

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