Zachariah Cantey Deas

Brigadier General

Monument: Find-a-Grave

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Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.

Zachariah Cantey Deas, a cousin of General James Chesnut, was born in Camden, South Carolina, October 25, 1819, but removed to Mobile, Alabama, as a youth. He saw military service in Mexico, and by 1861 had amassed a considerable fortune as a cotton broker. Soon after the secession of Alabama he recruited and equipped at his own expense the 22nd Alabama Infantry, which he commanded at Shiloh, where he was badly wounded. For a time during this battle he was in brigade command after the mortal wounding of General Gladden. Recovering in time to take part in General Bragg's invasion of Kentucky, he was promoted brigadier to rank from December 13, 1862. He led his brigade of five Alabama regiments at Murfreesboro, at Chickamauga (where the command captured seventeen pieces of Federal artillery), at Chattanooga, and in all the subsequent engagements of the Army of Tennessee, serving with marked distinction until! he fell ill during the Carolinas campaign in the spring of 1865. At the close of hostilities General Deas moved to New York City, took up his former occupation of broker, and became a prominent member of the stock exchange. He died there on March 6, 1882, and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.