Cpl. George Cheatham

by Matthew Aparicio

George Washington Cheatham was born in the year 1828 in Smith County, Tennessee. He married Mary Elizabeth Crawford(1838-1914). Together they had three children.

George enlisted for service in the Confederate Army on 25 April 1862, in Angelina County, Texas. He served in the 18th Reg’t Texas Infantry also known as Ochiltree’s. Cpl. Cheatham’s last roster call dated on Dec. 1862 stated that he was sick in a Little Rock Hospital. There were many men from Camp Hope (also know as Camp Nelson), in many makeshift hospitals in the vicinity of Little Rock.

It is most likely that he died in the St. John’s College Hospital. With his last known location as Little Rock, he is most likely buried in the mass grave In the Oakland Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas. This is the gravesite of 900 soldiers most of whom died in Little Rock, AR. hospitals.