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GILLEM, Alvan Cullem, soldier, born in Jackson County, Tennessee, 29 July, 1830; died near Nashville, Tennessee, 2 December 1875. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1851, and served against the Seminoles in 1851-'2. He became a captain on 14 May, 1861, served as brigade quartermaster, was brevetted major for gallantry at Mill Springs, and was in command of the siege artillery, and chief quartermaster of the Army of the Ohio in the Tennessee campaign, being engaged at Shiloh and in the siege of Corinth. On 13 Nay, 1862, he was appointed colonel of the 10th Tennessee volunteers, was provost marshal of Nashville, commanded a brigade in the Tennessee operations during the first half of 1863, and afterward served as adjutant general of Tennessee till the end of the war, being promoted brigadier-general of volunteers on 17 August, 1863. He commanded the troops guarding the Nashville and Northwestern railroad from June, 1863, till August, 1864, and then took command of the expedition to eastern Tennessee, being engaged in many combats, and gaining the brevet of colonel, United States army, for bravery at Marion, Virginia He was vice-president of the convention of 9 January 1865, to revise the constitution and reorganize the state government of Tennessee, was a member of the first legislature that was elected, and afterward commanded the cavalry in east Tennessee, and participated in the expedition to North Carolina and the capture of Salisbury, for which he was brevetted major general in the regular army, having already received two brevets for services during the war. He was promoted colonel in the United States army on 28 July, 1866, commanded the district of Mississippi in 1867-'8, served on the Texas frontier and in California, and led the troops in the Nodoe campaign, being engaged in the attack at the Lava Beds on 15 April, 1873.
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