Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. He graduated from the US Military Academy in 1853, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Mounted Infantry and taught at the cavalry school, Pennsylvania until he resigned in 1855. Taking advantage of his military education, he returned to his home state of Virginia and served as a Major in the State Militia from 1856 to 1861. With the outbreak of the Civil War, he was commissioned Colonel of the 13th Virginia Cavalry Regiment in command of the forces between Warrenton and Fredericksburg. In April 1863, when Union Cavalry Corps tried to cut off Confederate communications with
Richmond, Chambliss was prominent in turning back the movement. Promoted Brigadier General, in command of the Cavalry Brigades, he distinguished bravery in the Battles of Brandy Station, Gettysburg and the Bristoe Campaign. On August 16th, 1864, in an engagement on the Charles City Road east of Richmond, General Chambliss was killed. General David M. Gregg, a Union Cavalry General and West Point classmate of Chambliss, made sure that his body was recovered and sent home.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith