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James Zechariah McChesney papers

James Zechariah McChesney papers, 1862-1909
James Zechariah McChesney papers
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Papers, 1862-1909, of James Zechariah McChesney (1843-1922) of Rockbridge County, Virginia, and Charleston, West Virginia, consisting of an autobiography of McChesney; letters to James Z. McChesney from his sister Mary McChesney (1841-1915) regarding family news and from A. C. L. Gatewood regarding the Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee Camps no. 887 of the United Confederate Veterans in West Virginia; a letter from Sallie G. Gatewood (1837-1882) to Union General William Averell regarding her brother George Henry Moffett (1845-1912) who is a prisoner of war; accounts of the battle of Moorefield, Hardy County, West Virginia on 7 August 1864, by James McChesney and by E. E. Bouldin; photographs of James McChesney and his wife Lucy Johnson McChesney (1844-1933); writings of an unidentified woman reflecting on Parson Brownlow (1805-1877), womanhood and war, books, family, and religion; and a recipe book
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James Zechariah McChesney was born 7 March 1843 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, to James McChesney (1795-1842) and Frances Ann McNutt McChesney (1806-1877). He attended Washington College. McChesney served in Company F, 11th Virginia Cavalry, and transferred to Company C, 14th Virginia Cavalry, 9 August 1863. McChesney served until sent to the hospital with typhoid fever 9 September 1864. He was honorably discharged in Spring, 1865. McChesney married Lucy Johnson (1844-1933) 4 April 1865 and they had four children. McChesney moved to Charleston, West Virginia, in 1869 and worked as a merchant and an insurance salesman. He died 25 January 1922 in Charleston and was buried in Spring Hill Cemetery.
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James Zechariah McChesney papers
  • The Library of Virginia
  • 8
  • 34
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There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Cowan's Auctions, Inc.
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  • leaves and
  • p.

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