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Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 18:52:26 EST


January 28

1828 Thomas Hindman born
Confederate General Thomas Carmichael Hindman is born in Knoxville,
Tennessee.
Hindman was raised in Alabama and educated in New York and New Jersey. His
family moved to a Mississippi plantation, and he returned from the North to
study law. His studies were interrupted by service in the Mexican War, but he
was admitted to the Mississippi Bar Association in 1851. He earned a
reputation as an avid secessionist long before many southerners held that view. He
moved to Arkansas and was elected to Congress in 1858. Hindman's law partner was
Patrick Cleburne, who also became a Confederate General.
When the war began, Hindman raised his own regiment and led it as a colonel.
He was soon promoted to general and he raised an army of 18,000 from
Arkansas. His tenure as commander in Arkansas was stormy. Hindman declared martial
law, imposed price controls, and enforced conscription. After his force was
stopped at Prairie Grove in December 1862, Hindman was reassigned to the Army
of Tennessee. He fought at Chickamauga and Atlanta, and was wounded twice.
After the surrender, Hindman fled to Mexico and joined a number of
Confederates there. Hindman returned to Arkansas in 1868 and dove back into politics.
He led a faction that challenged the Republican Party, and, in a pragmatic
political maneuver, he began working on a biracial coalition. Hindman was shot
as he sat in his living room, most likely by one of his political opponents.
He died on September 28, 1868.



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