James Cantey
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Markerman62
N 32° 20.821 W 085° 01.144
16S E 686417 N 3580625
Quick Description: Located at the Fort Mitchell Historic Landmark Park in front of the Cantey Cemetery.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 3/24/2015 12:28:59 PM
Waymark Code: WMNJMQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
Views: 1

Long Description:
Side 1
Near here was the home of Confederate Brigadier General James Cantey who arrived in 1849 to operate a plantation owned by his father. Prior to coming to Russell County he had practiced law at his birthplace, Camden, South Carolina, and had represented his district in the State Legislature there for two terms. Cantey fought in the Mexican War and received near mortal wounds. He was left among the dead but was rescued by his body servant whose plans were to bear him home for burial. The slave's detection of a faint sign of life caused heroic action that revived his master. For this deed the servant was offered his freedom which was refused.

Side 2
General Cantey was married in 1858 at Fort Mitchell to Mary Elizabeth Benton, niece of Colonel John Crowell, Alabama's first Congressman. At the beginning of the War Between The States he organized "Cantey's Rifles" in what was then the 15th Alabama Regiment. He served throughout the war and surrendered with Joseph E. Johnston at Durham Station, North Carolina, April 26, 1865. The first Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Russell County, organized at Seale, was named in his honor. General Cantey was born December 30, 1818, and died June 30, 1874. He is interred in a family cemetery at Fort Mitchell.

Erected by The Historic Chattahoochee Commission, The Russell County Historical Commission.
Marker Name: James Cantey

Marker Type: Rural Roadside

Addtional Information::

Date Dedicated / Placed: 1980

Marker Number: None

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