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Chandler McGinnis O'Kelly

Obituary of James Anderson Chandler, Commerce, Georgia.

James Anderson Chandler was born January 30, 1842, and died November 28, 1915. He was mustered into the Confederate service on July 11, 1861 and proceeded to Richmond, Va., where a regiment was organized. His service was as a member of Company A, 16th Georgia Regiment, of Cobb's Wofford's, and lastly Dubose's Brigade, Kershaw's Division, Longstreet's Corps, A. N. V., and he gave failthful and honorable service during the entire conflict. He was twice made prisoner, first at South Mountain, Md., September 14, 1862, when he was detailed as a nurse for wounded comrades until exchanged. He was again captured at Knoxville, Tenn., November 20, 1864, and again detailed as a nurse for wounded comrades, and he was finally sent to prison at Rock Island, Ill., where he remained until paroled and sent home in 1865.

In September, 1865, he was married to Miss Nancy Catharine McGinnis, from which union there were born eleven children, six sons and five daughters. Forty-six grandchildren (thirty-eight now living) and nine great-grandchildren make the number of his desendants. Our comrade was born in a family of fifteen children, thirteen sons and two daughters. He had seven brothers in the Confederate service, three of whom survive him. He was a charter member of Camp John H. Morgan, No. 1330, U. C. V., of Commerce, Ga., of which he was Ensign till his death.

[Tribute by his comrade and lifelong friend, G. W. O'Kelly, lieutenant Company A, 16th Georgia Regiment.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, April, 1916.

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