Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album. http://www.archives.alabama.gov/conoffalb/index.html
James Cantey was born at Camden, South Carolina, December 30, 1818. After his graduation from South Carolina College, he studied law, was admitted to practice, and opened an office in his home town. He also served two terms in the state legislature. During the Mexican War he was an officer of the Palmetto Regiment and was wounded. Shortly afterwards he settled in Russell County, Alabama, as a planter. In 1861 he was elected colonel of the 15th Alabama Infantry, which he took to Virginia, serving in the Valley campaign of 1862 under Stonewall Jackson, and in the subsequent battles of that summer around Richmond. Transferred to the western army, Cantey was appointed brigadier general to rank from January 8, 1863, but was not infrequently absent from his command due to ill health. His brigade took part in the Atlanta campaign and accompanied Hood into Tennessee, finally surrendering with General J. E. Johnston at Greensboro, North Carolina. No record of General Cantey's capture or personal parole has been found. He died on his plantation near Fort Mitchell, Alabama, June 30, 1874, and is buried in the Crowell family cemetery at Fort Mitchell.
Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.