Thomas Carmichael Hindman

Major General

Monuments: Find-a-Grave--The Hindman obelisk in the Hindman Family Plot in Maple Hill Cemetery, Helena, Arkansas

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Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.

Thomas Carmichael Hindman was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, January 28, 1828, and served with conspicuous heroism in Mexico as a 2nd lieutenant in the 2nd Mississippi Infantry. Upon his return from the war he was admitted to the state bar. After serving a term in the Mississippi legislature, he was elected and reelected to Congress from Arkansas in 1858 and 1860, although he did not take his seat after his second election. He was instrumental in securing the secession of his adopted state. He entered the Confederate Army as colonel of the 2nd Arkansas Infantry, and was promoted brigadier general from September 28, 1861, and major general from April 14, 1862. After commanding the Trans-Mississippi Department for a time, he was relieved by General Holmes. He fought the drawn battle of Prairie Grove, and subsequently commanded a division at Chickamauga, at Chattanooga, and in the Atlanta campaign, in which he was so severely wounded as to incapacitate him for further field duty. He moved to Mexico upon the downfall of the Confederacy, but returned to Arkansas in 1868 and resumed his law practice. On September 28, 1868 he was assassinated in his home at Helena, Arkansas, by an unknown assailant. This act was probably inspired by Hindman's determined and outspoken stand in opposition to the existing carpetbag regime. He is buried in Maple Hill Cemetery, Helena.

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