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Beech Grove, Tennessee: Grave of Old Isham, Rebel War Horse

The lonely grave of this horse, the mount of Confederate General Benjamin Franklin Cheatham, was forgotten until 2002, when it was rediscovered and restored by fans of the Lost Cause and horses.

French Brantley Rd, Beech Grove, TN
I-24 exit 105. Drive north on US Hwy 41 around two miles, until it drops over a large hill. At the bottom of the hill, just past a sign for "Noah Fork," turn left onto French Brantley Rd. Drive for about a mile and the grave will be on the right, just off of the road, by a small creek. A small fence surrounds the grave, and there's a flagpole as well.
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Grave of Old Isham.

Grave of Old Isham, Rebel War Horse

There's a pair of flag poles at the Old Isham grave site. If you're on the right road, this is impossible to miss.

[Mike Bodary, 06/18/2017]
Grave of Old Isham - Rebel War Horse

This is the grave of CSA General Benjamin Franklin Cheatham's war horse Old Isham, named for Isham Harris, Confederate governor of Tennessee. Gen. Cheatham took the horse home with him to his farm after the war and when the horse died he buried him with full military honors. In 2002 the Sons of Confederate Veterans located and marked the grave with a tombstone and dedicated the grave with speeches and a salute with rifles and cannon.

[William Fraley, 05/03/2003]

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