Henry Cousins Chambers
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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