CDV OF CONFEDERATE GENERAL JAMES R. CHALMERS

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Carte de visite photograph of Chalmers in uniform. Chest up view wearing double-breasted frock with collar insignia visible. Image is clear with very good contrast. Mount shows light wear and has been trimmed at the bottom. Pencil identification on front. Photographer's backmark, E. & H.T. Anthony, New York.

James Ronald Chalmers (January 11, 1831 – April 9, 1898) was a lawyer and politician, and Confederate general officer. Initially commissioned as a captain of 9th Mississippi infantry, he reached the rank of brigadier general and was a noted cavalry commander involved in numerous actions.

He was later a state senator in Mississippi and United States Congressman for several terms from the state's 6th congressional district, beginning in 1876. Chalmers was re-elected in 1880 but the election was contested by his Republican African-American opponent, John R. Lynch. Congress awarded the seat to Lynch because of marked election fraud by the Democrats. In 1882 Chalmers ran as an Independent Democrat on a fusionist ticket, with support by Republicans and Greenbackers. He contested the victory of the regular Democrat, and Chalmers finally was verified by Congress as the winner and allowed to take his seat on June 25, 1884. After failing to win election in the fall of 1884, Chalmers left politics, returning to full-time practice of law. He moved his practice to Memphis, Tennessee, where he died in April 1898. He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis.  [jet]  [ph:L]

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