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Maj. Gen. Thomas Hindman

Born: January 28, 1828

Knoxville, Tennessee

Died: September 28, 1868

Helena, Arkansas




June 12, 1861: Colonel (CSA)

September 28, 1861: Brigadier General

April 14, 1862: Major General

Maj. Gen. Thomas Hindman

Developed a poor relationship with Gen. Braxton Bragg

September 19-20, 1863: Battle of Chickamauga

September 29, 1863: Gen Bragg suspended Hindman for "disobedience of the lawful command of his superior officer."

President Davis voided the suspension of Lieut. Gen. Polk and Maj. Gen. Hindman, but Gen. Bragg did not initially comply with Davis' order

November 15, 1863: To avoid a Court of Inquiry, Gen. Bragg dropped the charges and ordered Hindman reinstated

May 13, 1864: Battle of Resaca

June 22, 1864: Battle of Kolb's Farm

June 27, 1864: Battle of Kennesaw Mountain - struck in the face by a tree branch and was thrown from his horse

July 10, 1864: Requested a transfer, but was offered leave of absence to recover from his injury

Settled in San Antonio, Texas to recover

Winter 1864-1865: Hindman began supporting slaves for the Confederacy. The idea was highly controversial. Maj. Gen. Cleburne supported the idea, but was very unpopular and was rejected

Did not want to serve under Lieut. Gen. Hood and resigned hoping it would force the Confederate government to transfer him. However, he was ordered back to his division on March 18, 1865

As the Confederate armies surrendered, Hindman was under indictment for treason and fled to Mexico crossing the Rio Grande at Laredo, Texas. Settled in Monterrey

Maximillian ordered the Confederates in Monterrey to leave, so they ventured south to Saltillo and then Montelise. Eventually reaching Mexico City in September

Hindman family later moved to Carlata, Mexico where many ex-Confederates had settled

April 1867: With troubles in Mexico, was forced to return to United States and Helena,, Arkansas. Requested a pardon from Pres. Johnson, but was denied

September 27, 1868: Was assassinated while sitting in his home by persons unknown

1859-1861: U.S. House of Representatives

Mexican-American War: Although was in Mexico with a Mississippi unit, did not see any action

1861: Received permission from Confederate Secretary of War, LeRoy Walker to recruit a regiment

The Confederate military board would not provide weapons, food or clothing for his men. Had to keep his men in Arkansas at his own expense

Initially ordered to Richmond, but on June 11, 1861, was ordered to stay in Arkansas as Union forces wee threatening Arkansas

Hindman's unit became the 2nd Arkansas Infantry Regiment and he entered the Confederacy on June 12 as a Colonel

Hindman was assigned to Brig. Gen. William J. Hardee

September 28, 1861: Promoted to Brigadier General

December 17, 1861: Battle of Rowlett's Station

After the fall of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, Gen. Sidney Johnston ordered the abandonment of Kentucky

With this order, Hindman's men retreated to Corinth, Mississippi

April 6-7, 1862: Battle of Shiloh - Hindman's horse was killed, knocking him out of the fight by breaking his leg

April 14, 1862: Promoted to Major General

May 10, 1862: Reported to Corinth, Mississippi

Maj 26, 1862: Received order to proceed west of the Mississippi and took command of Arkansas and Indian Territory

Had to construct his department from nearly nothing

June 17, 1862: Battle of St. Charles, Arkansas

July 7, 1862: Battle of Cotton Plant, Arkansas

Impressed slaves for military construction projects causing anger among the planters

Appointed command of the District of Arkansas, consisting of Arkansas, Missouri and Indian Territory

December 7, 1862: Battle of Prairie Grove

January 30, 1863: Assigned to a Court of Inquiry on the Confederate defeat in the Battle of New Orleans

August 13, 1863: Assigned to command a division under Lieut. Gen. Leonidas Polk of the Army of the Tennessee joined the army in Chattanooga

Boatner, Mark M. III. The Civil War Dictionary. New York: David McKay, 1967. p 402

Thomas C. Hindman. 1 September 2022. web. 9 November 2022.

Warner, Ezra J. General in Gray Lives of the Confederate Commanders. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State, 1992. p 137-138

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