Ben McCulloch


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(1811–62) Confederate general, born in Rutherford County, Tennessee. His brigade figured in two major battles in the western theater of the Civil War. The Confederates' loss at Pea Ridge (1862) cost them Missouri and McCulloch his life. Before the war McCulloch had fought in the Texas War of Independence (1836) and been elected to the Congress of the Republic of Texas (1839). He was also one of the first Texas Rangers, achieving fame as an Indian fighter. As a ranger he also fought with Gen. Zachary Taylor during the Mexican War (1846–48).


From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

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