BG James Cantey


James Cantey was born on December 30, 1818 in Camden South Carolina,  He served a term in the State Legislature and served as an officer in the Mexican War.  After the war he moved to Russell County Alabama where he became a planter.

When the Civil War began he was elected Colonel of the 15th Alabama Infantry.  The Brigade was part of Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign and fought in Ewells Command at the Battle of Cross Keys.  The Brigade fought with Jackson at the Battle of Seven Pines.  He was sent to Mobile in 1863 to organize defenses.  He organized a brigade of three Alabama and one Mississippi unit.

He was then sent to the Army of Tennessee where he was promoted to brigadier General.  His Brigade fought in the Tennessee Campaign and fought with distinction at Resaca where they held off a far larger Union force.  His brigade surrendered with Johnsons forces in North Carolina.

After the war he returned to his plantation near Fort Mitchell Alabama and died there on June 30, 1874.  He is buried in the Crowell Family Cemetery at Fort Mitchell.