2LT James Willis Cantey, Jr

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2LT James Willis Cantey, Jr

Birthdate:
Death: September 13, 1847 (24)
Mexico
Place of Burial: Camden, Kershaw County, South Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Willis Cantey, General and Camilla Floride Cantey
Brother of Emma Sarah Nelson; Edward Alfred Brevard Cantey; Camilla Floride Johnson and Thomas R. Cantey

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About 2LT James Willis Cantey, Jr

The monument says: "In memory of Lt. James Willis Cantey of the Palmetto Regiment son of James Willis and Camilla Richardson Cantey. Born November 21, 1822 Died on the field of Battle September 13, 1847. When SC summoned her sons to the field he observed the call by shouldering his musket. Afterwards elected a lieutenant in the company from his native district, he shared with honour in all the hazards and glories of his regiment in the Mexican Campaign.

In the battle of Churubusco, where the regiment from SC came near being annihilated on the field from which they refused to retreat, his chivalric daring was emminently conspicuous. His superior officers being disabled by honourable wounds, he henceforth assumed command of the remnant from Kershaw, who had escaped death without dishonour.

On the 18th of September 1847, the castle of Chapultepec was carried by storm. While leading his men up to a breach in the walls which he had discovered this gallant soldier fell before it, shot in the front, and died under the victorious flag of his country.

How sleep the brave who sink to rest By all their country's wishes blest!" (bio by: [fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=46630780" target="_blank Sherry Shoars)] Inscription: IN MEMORY OF/ LIEUT. JAMES WILLIS CANTEY,/ OF THE PALMETTO REGIMENT;/ SON OF/ JAMES WILLIS AND/ CAMILLA RICHARDSON CANTEY./ BORN NOV. 21, 1822,/ DIED ON THE FIELD OF BATTLE/ SEPT. 13, 1847./


WHEN SOUTH CAROLINA/ SUMMONED HER SONS TO THE FIELD,/ HE OBEYED THE CALL/ BY SHOULDERING HIS MUSKET./ AFTERWARDS ELECTED A LIEUTENANT/ IN THE COMPANY FROM HIS/ NATIVE DISTRICT./ HE SHARED WITH HONOUR/ IN ALL THE HAZARDS AND GLORIES/ OF HIS REGIMENT/ IN THE MEXICAN CAMPAIGN./


IN THE BATTLE OF CHURUBUSCO,/ WHERE THE REGIMENT FROM/ SOUTH CAROLINA CAME NEAR BEING/ ANNIHILATED ON THE FIELD/ FROM WHICH THEY REFUSED TO RETREAT,/ HIS CHIVALRIC DARING/ WAS EMINENTLY CONSPICUOUS/ HIS SUPERIOR OFFICERS BEING DISABLED/ BY HONOURABLE WOUNDS, HE HENCEFORTH/ ASSUMED COMMAND OF THE REMNANT/ FROM KERSHAW, WHO HAD ESCAPED/ DEATH WITHOUT DISHONOUR./


ON THE 13TH SEPT. 1847,/ THE CASTLE OF CHAPULTEPEC,/ WAS CARRIED BY STORM./ WHILE LEADING HIS MEN UP TO A BREACH/ IN THE WALLS WHICH HE HAD DISCOVERED,/ THIS GALLANT SOLDIER/ FELL BEFORE IT, SHOT IN THE FRONT,/ AND DIED UNDER THE VICTORIOUS/ FLAG OF HIS COUNTRY./


"How sleep the brave who sink to rest,/ By all their country's wishes blest."/

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2LT James Willis Cantey, Jr's Timeline

1822
November 21, 1822
1847
September 13, 1847
Age 24
Mexico
September 13, 1847
Age 24
Camden, Kershaw County, South Carolina, United States