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 James Lawson Kemper

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James Lawson Kemper

  • Birth 11 Jun 1823 Madison County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 7 Apr 1895 Orange County, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Orange, Orange County, Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 11006

Civil War Confederate Major General, Virginia Governor. At the start of the Civil War, he was a member of the Virginia State Legislature and helped organize Virginia troops for the Confederate forces. Rising through the ranks, he fought at Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg and was promoted Brigadier General in June, 1862. At the Battle of Gettysburg, he was wounded, taken prisoner and prisoner exchanged in early 1864. He was promoted Major General in September, 1864 and was assigned the command of Richmond, Virginia until the Confederacy surrendered. After the war, he focused on rebuilding the state into the Union and was elected Governor of Virginia, serving 1874 to 1878.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 16 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11006
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Lawson Kemper (11 Jun 1823–7 Apr 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11006, citing Kemper Family Cemetery, Orange, Orange County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .