CS Con Chambers, Henry Cousins - C.S. Congressman, MS

Henry Cousins Chambers

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Born: July 26, 1823

Birthplace: Limestone County, Alabama

Father: US Senator Henry Hector Chambers 1790 – 1826
(Buried: Chambers Family Cemetery, Kenbridge, Virginia)​

Mother: Eliza Smith

Wife: Virginia Betts


Mary Chambers 1854 – 1916​

Political Party: Democratic Party


1843: Graduated from Princeton University with honors​

Occupation before War:

1843 – 1854: Planter in Rankin County, Mississippi​
1854 – 1861: Planter in Coahoma County, Mississippi​
Landowner in Bolivar County, Mississippi​
1859: Mississippi State Representative​
1860: Breckinridge Democratic Party Presidential Elector​

Civil War Career:

1861: Fought a duel with his opponent for Congress William Augustus Lake. Lake would die in the duel.​
1862 – 1865: Confederate States Congressman from Mississippi​
1862: Member of Congressional Joint Engrossment Committee​
1862 – 1864: Member of House Commerce Committee​
1862 – 1864: Member of House Enrolled Bills Committee​
1862 – 1865: Member of House Military Affairs Committee​
1864 – 1865: Member of House Flag and Seal Committee​
Known to have been a strong nationalist in the Congress.​
Voiced the hope that the concept of individual state defense had been abandoned.​
Proposed and advocated exempting certain overseers of plantations.​
Advocated limiting the numbers exempt from military service and making those exempt pay five hundred dollars.​
1864: Introduced two severe impressment programs which failed to win support.​
Opposed forced funding of the national debt.​
Opposed arming slaves​

Occupation after War:

Plantation Owner in Bolivar County, Mississippi​

Died: May 1, 1871

Place of Death: Mississippi River steamboat landing, Carson’s, Mississippi

Age at time of Death: 47 years old

Burial Place: Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee

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