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Major Ahimaaz Chambers of the Fifteenth


Major Ahimaaz Hymes Chambers – Ahimaaz Chambers was born on September 7, 1836 near New Haven, Kentucky, the son of John Chambers and Louisiana Miller (he also has the distinction of being the only person I’ve ever encountered in my research named “Ahimaaz”). A farmer, Chambers was 5’11”, with a fair complexion, blue eyes, and black hair. Chambers had two brothers in the Union army. Chambers recruited a number of the men in Company C in the Bardstown area and was originally elected second lieutenant. He was promoted to first lieutenant on July 13, 1862, upon the promotion of James Brown Forman to captain. On November 8, 1862, when Captain Forman was promoted to colonel, Chambers succeeded him as captain of Company C. Chambers was wounded at the Battle of Stones River, December 31, 1862 (Col. Forman and Captain Smith Bayne of Captain F were killed in the same battle). On April 22, 1864, Captain Chambers was promoted to major. Chambers served as post provost marshal in Bridgeport in September and October 1864. Chambers died at 9:50 p.m. on the evening of April 13, 1923, at the home of his son, W. O. Chambers, at 2401 West Broadway, Louisville. Chambers was buried in the Rolling Fork Baptist Church Cemetery near Nelsonville, Kentucky. He married Jane Heavenhill on February 28, 1865 in Nelson County. They had two sons, Marion L. (1865-1867) and William Oliver (1869-1965) and one daughter, Clara Chambers Mounce (1873-1966).


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