Tyree Harris Bell

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Tyree Harris Bell was born in Covington, Kentucky, September 5, 1815, but moved to Gallatin, Tennessee, in childhood, where he grew up on his father's small plantation. He was educated in the rural schools of the neighborhood, and subsequently became a planter on his own account in Sumner County. At the outbreak of the Civil War he raised one of the first companies of the 12th Tennessee and was elected its captain. He later became lieutenant colonel of the regiment, which he commanded at Belmont and at Shiloh. Promoted colonel in July 1862, Bell participated in the invasion of Kentucky and the battle of Richmond, after which he was given a cavalry command under Forrest. In January 1864 Forrest placed him in charge of a brigade, which he led until the end of the war. Repeatedly praised in official reports, he was commissioned brigadier general on February 28, 1865. Some ten years after the war he removed with his whole family to California, settling in Fresno County. There he prospered as a farmer and was active in civic affairs. Four days before his eighty-seventh birthday General Bell died September 1, 1902, in New Orleans, while returning from a trip which had included attendance at a Confederate reunion and a visit to his old home in Gallatin. He is buried in Bethel Cemetery, near Sanger, California.

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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.