Brig General Tyree H. Bell (CSA)

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Tyree Harris Bell

Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: Covington, Kentucky
Death: August 30, 1902 (86)
New Orleans, LA (buried in Sanger CA)
Immediate Family:

Son of Absalom B Bell and Susan Harris
Husband of Mary Ann Walton
Father of James William Bell; Isaac Thomas Bell; Russell Bell; Susan Bell; Sarah Catherine Bell and 4 others
Brother of Thomas H Bell and Sarah Ann Bell

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About Brig General Tyree H. Bell (CSA)

Tyree Harris Bell (5 September 1815 - 1 September 1902) was born in Covington, Kentucky. He grew up on his family's Tennessee plantation, and later began a plantation of his own. He attained the rank Brigadier General in 1865. In 1864, he held the rank Colonel, and had distinguished himself as a cavalry commander under General Nathan Bedford Forrest. He came to be known as "Forrest's Right Arm".

He was an ardent Confederate supporter, and recruited a company for the 12th Tennessee Infantry early in 1861. Elected captain of the company, he soon advanced to become lieutenant colonel of the 12th Tennessee. Bell led troops at the Battles of Belmont (Missouri) and Shiloh (where he was wounded in the leg by the fall of his horse, one of two shot from under him during the battle). He then took part in the Battle of Richmond (Kentucky). Transferred to cavalry command, he participated in the Battles of Perryville and Stone's River.

Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest recruited Bell when the General was organizing an independent command in West Tennessee and northern Mississippi in 1863. Bell served with Forrest until the end of the war. Initially, Bell served as a recruiting and conscript officer. In April, 1864, Bell participated in the Battle of Fort Pillow.

Bell was eventually given command of a brigade, although he was not commissioned a Brigadier General until 28 February 1865. He received the commission as a result of his service in the Battle of Brice's Cross Roads, his work with various Tennessee campaigns and in his leadership and combat in Mississippi.

After being defeated around Selma, Alabama, Maj. Gen. Forrest's troops and officers, including Bell, were surrendered.

After the war, Bell moved to Fresno, California and became a farmer. He died in 1902 while traveling through New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Brig General Tyree H. Bell (CSA)'s Timeline

September 5, 1815
Covington, Kentucky
Age 26
New Hope, Lincoln Co, Mo
July 17, 1844
Age 28
Sumner County, Tennessee
Age 30
April 19, 1848
Age 32
Sumner County, Tennessee
February 1850
Age 34
Sumner County, Tennessee
Age 36
Dyer or Sumner County, Tennessee
March 1854
Age 38
Dyer/Sumner County, Tennessee
March 1856
Age 40
Sumner County, Tennessee
November 28, 1858
Age 43
Dyer County, Tennessee