Roger Preston Chew (1843 - 1921) MP

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Birthplace: Loudon, VA
Death: Died in Charles Town, Jefferson, WV
Managed by: Holly Dianne Faulkner
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About Roger Preston Chew

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Roger Preston Chew (April 9, 1843 – March 16, 1921) was a noted horse artillery commander in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War. After the war, he was a prominent West Virginia businessman and railroad executive.

Chew was born into a prominent family in Charles Town, West Virginia (then Virginia). The Chew family owned the The Hermitage, one of the oldest houses in western Virginia.

With the outbreak of the Civil War, young Chew raised a battery of horse artillery, "Chew's Battery," which eventually became part of the famous Laurel Brigade under Stonewall Jackson's command. He participated in all Jackson's campaigns until Jackson's death in May 1863; and, despite his youth, was promoted to the chief of the cavalry's guns under J.E.B. Stuart. He served through the Gettysburg Campaign, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, the Siege of Petersburg, and the Appomattox Campaign.

After the war, Chew married Louise Fontaine Washington, daughter of the last owner of Mount Vernon at Blakeley. He engaged in numerous business ventures and was the president of the Eagle Manufacturing Company. In 1883, the Shenandoah Valley Railroad constructed what became known as Chew's Siding, a private spur that led from the main line to Chew's business. In 1890, with several business partners, he formed the Charles Town Mining, Manufacturing, and Improvement Company and became its first president.

Chew's wife, purchased her financially struggling uncle's mansion, "Blakeley", in 1875, and maintained ownership until 1892 when she sold it.

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Lt. Colonel Roger Preston Chew (CSA)'s Timeline

1843
April 9, 1843
Loudon, VA
1871
1871
Age 27
Blakeley
1872
September, 1872
Age 29
WV, USA
1874
1874
Age 30
WV, USA
1876
1876
Age 32
WV, USA
1878
1878
Age 34
West Virginia
1883
February, 1883
Age 39
WV, USA
1921
March 16, 1921
Age 77
Charles Town, Jefferson, WV
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