Chesnut, James, 1815-1885

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Camden, S.C. attorney, plantation owner, state legislator, and U.S. Senator. He held several military posts during the Civil War including a staff position in Richmond, Va. from 1862 to 1864. His wife was Mary Boykin Miller (1823-1886).

From the description of James Chesnut papers, 1850-1900. (The South Carolina Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 36794015

Attorney, plantation owner, South Carolina Representative, South Carolina Senator, and U.S. Senator. A native of Camden, South Carolina, Chesnut held several military posts during the Civil War, including a staff position in Richmond, Virginia from 1862 to 1864. Chesnut became a general in 1864 and was put in charge of all reserve forces in coastal South Carolina.

From the description of James Chesnut letters, 1850-1862. (The South Carolina Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 32144104

U.S. senator from South Carolina (1858-1861), lawyer, and plantation owner.

From the description of James Chesnut papers, 1862. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79450534

James Chesnut, Jr. (1815 - 1885) of Camden, S.C., was a planter, lawyer, United States Senator, a signatory of the Constitution of the Confederate States of America, a Confederate States Army general; and husband of Mary Boykin Chesnut ( 1823 - 1886); includes several of his printed calling cards.

From the description of James Chesnut account book, 1856. (University of South Carolina). WorldCat record id: 759933005

James Chesnut, lawyer, planter, U.S. and South Carolina legislator, and commander of the South Carolina Confederate Reserves, was born 18 January 1815, in Camden, South Carolina, and died near there 1 February 1885. During the Civil War, Chesnut served as an aide to General Beauregard, as chief of the military on the Executive Council of South Carolina, and as an aide on President Davis's staff.

From the description of James Chesnut letter book, 1864-1865. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 173862991

Lawyer and planter of Camden, S.C.; member of S.C. House, 1840-1851; member of S.C. Senate, 1852-1859; member of U.S. Senate, 1859-1861; graduate of Princeton in 1837; member of Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861; son of James (1773-1866) and Mary Cox Chesnut; husband of Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut (1823-1886).

From the description of James Chesnut (1815-1885) papers, 1832-1914. (University of South Carolina). WorldCat record id: 41448690

Lawyer, planter, political leader, and Confederate Army officer, of Camden, S.C.

From the description of Papers, 1779-1872. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 19465103

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referencedIn Ravenel, St. Julien, 1819-1882. St. Julien Ravenel papers, 1870-1882. South Carolina Historical Society, SCHS
creatorOf Chesnut, James, 1815-1885. James Chesnut papers, 1862. Library of Congress
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part II: The Civil War and the Confederacy, 1832-1915. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Chesnut, James, 1815-1885. Chesnut family papers, 1782-1896. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Bowen, Clara Adger, 1837-1915. Papers of the Adger and Bowen families, 1824-1982. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Jefferson Davis collection, Davis, Jefferson collection, 1861-1865 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Cash, E. B. C. (Ellerbe Boggan Crawford), 1823-1888. E.B.C. Cash papers, 1805-1935. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Gist, William Henry, 1807-1874. William Henry Gist papers, 1851-1948 ; bulk (1858-1862). University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Manigault, Gabriel, 1809-1888. Gabriel Manigault papers, 1834-1873. South Carolina Historical Society
referencedIn Adger family. Papers of the Adger and Bowen families, 1824-1982. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Chesnut, James, 1773-1866. James Chesnut papers, 1815-1849. South Carolina Historical Society, SCHS
referencedIn Wilkes, Samuel Marion, d. 1861. Samuel Marion Wilkes papers, 1851-1963. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf James Chesnut letter, 1860 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889. Jefferson Davis collection, 1846-1905. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Cantey, James. Papers of the Cash-Shannon duel, 1878-1965 bulk 1878-1884. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Chesnut-Miller-Manning papers, 1744-1900 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Cantey family. Papers, 1682-1926, of the Williams, Chesnut, and Manning families. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Survivors' Association of the State of South Carolina. Survivors' Association of the State of South Carolina records, 1861-1878. South Carolina Historical Society, SCHS
creatorOf Chesnut, James, 1815-1885. James Chesnut letters, 1850-1862. South Carolina Historical Society, SCHS
referencedIn Magrath, A. G. (Andrew Gordon), 1813-1893. Andrew Gordon Magrath correspondence, 1864-1865. South Carolina Historical Society, SCHS
referencedIn Richardson, John Peter, 1801-1864. John Peter Richardson papers, 1837-1844. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Beauregard, G. T. (Gustave Toutant), 1818-1893. Civil War papers, 1836-1913. New Jersey Historical Society Library
creatorOf Chesnut, James, 1815-1885. James Chesnut account book, 1856. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Chesnut, James, 1815-1885. Papers, 1779-1872. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Chesnut, James, 1815-1885. James Chesnut (1815-1885) papers, 1832-1914. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf William L. Clements Library. Jefferson Davis collection, 1861-1865. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
creatorOf Simms, William Gilmore, 1806-1870. Papers of William Gilmore Simms [manuscript], 1839-1870. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Chesnut, James, 1815-1885. James Chesnut papers, 1850-1900. South Carolina Historical Society, SCHS
creatorOf Chesnut, James, 1815-1885. James Chesnut letter book, 1864-1865. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Chesnut, John. Chesnut papers. The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center
creatorOf Chesnut, James, 1815-1885. List of books in the library of General James Chesnut at Sarsfield... , 1885. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
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Kershaw County (S.C.)
Tennessee
South Carolina
Camden (S.C.)
United States
United States
South Carolina--Charleston
South Carolina--Kershaw County
Kershaw County (S.C.)
Columbia (S.C.)
South Carolina
United States
Georgia
Confederate States of America
South Carolina--Kershaw County
Charleston (S.C.)
South Carolina
South Carolina
Sumter (S.C.)
United States
South Carolina
South Carolina
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Cotton Marketing
Secession
Politicians--Correspondence
Slavery--Extension to the territories--History
Slaves
Reconstruction
Sherman's March to the Sea
Plantation management
Public buildings
Soldiers
Plantation owners--Kershaw County
Slavery--Insurrections, etc
Occupation
Plantation owners
Politicians
Senators, U.S. Congress
Lawyers
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Birth 1815-01-18

Death 1885-02-01

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