James Z. McChesney died at his home in Charleston, W. Va., in January, in his seventy-ninth year. He was born in Rockbridge County, March 7, 1843, and was educated at Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) from which he was graduated in 1861. Shortly afterwards he enlisted in the Confederate service as a private in Company F, the famous Bath Squadron, 17th Battalion Virginia Cavalry, and later the 11th Virginia Regiment, Robinson's Brigade. He was transferred August 9, 1863, to Company C, Jenkins' Brigade; invalided, by reason of a severe saber wound, he retired from the service March 31, 1865.
He had been Commander of Camp Robert E. Lee, U. C. V. from its organization some years ago. His loyalty to the Confederate cause was marked by the unswerving interest he took in all its organizations, attending and taking a prominent part in every Confederate reunion, except one, since the United Confederate Veterans was first brought into existence. He had many important positions in that body, and recently appointed brigadier general on the staff of the Commander in Chief.
He was married in 1865 to Miss Lucy Johnson, and in 1871 he located in Charleston and engaged in the mercantile business for some years. He then engaged in life insurance and continued in that till his death.
His wife survives him with two daughters and a son.
He was from early manhood a member of the Presbyterian Church.
He was also a Mason, a member of Kanawha Lodge No. 20, A. F. and A. M.; Tyrean Royal Arch Chapter No. 13; Kanawha Community No. 4, and a member of Beni-Kedem Temple Shrine.
In his death Charleston lost one of its oldest, best known, and highly esteemed citizens.
He was elected and ordained an elder of his Church in 1877 and has served the Church efficiently and faithfully ever since.
His disposition was sunny and amiable, always greeting his friends and acquaintances with a smile. He was truly a godly man. He dealt justly, loved kindness and lived it, walking humbly with his God, and his Saviour. He fought a good fight, he kept the faith, and we feel sure he is now wearing a crown of righteousness.
SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, March, 1922.
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