Lt. Colonel Roger Preston Chew (CSA)

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Roger Preston Chew

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Loudon, VA
Death: March 16, 1921 (77)
Charles Town, Jefferson, WV
Immediate Family:

Son of Roger Chew and Sarah Chew
Husband of Louisa Fontaine Chew
Father of Cristine Washington Roszel; Roger Chew; John Augustine Chew; Virginia Chew; Wilson Selden Chew and 2 others

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About Lt. Colonel Roger Preston Chew (CSA)

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.

Birth: Apr. 9, 1843 Loudoun County, USA Death: Mar. 16, 1921 Charles Town Jefferson County West Virginia, USA

Civil War Confederate Army Officer. Graduating in 1861 from the Virginia Military Institute due to an accelerated graduation program because of the war, he served as Captain of the "Ashby" battery of Horse Artillery in 1861. In the early stages of the war his service was mainly in the Shenandoah Valley. His unit was eventually incorporated into the Stuart Horse Artillery of the cavalry corps of the Army of Northern Virginia. He was promoted to Major and given command of that unit in 1864, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel February 18, 1865. He was one of the most respected artillerists in the Army of Northern Virginia. Following the war he served in the West Virginia Legislature being elected from 1882 through 1888. He was a son-in-law of John Augustine Washington, who lost his life in September 1861 while serving on General Robert E. Lee's staff. (bio by: Steve Dunn)

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

April 9, 1843
Loudon, VA
September 19, 1872
Age 29
Jefferson County, West Virginia, United States
May 3, 1874
Age 31
Jefferson County, West Virginia, United States
October 28, 1876
Age 33
Jefferson, WV, United States
May 29, 1878
Age 35
Jefferson County, West Virginia, United States
September 27, 1880
Age 37
Jefferson County, West Virginia, United States
February 1, 1883
Age 39
Jefferson County, West Virginia, United States
March 16, 1921
Age 77
Charles Town, Jefferson, WV