Wounded and captured during Pickett's charge at Gettysburg!
(1823-95) Born in Madison County, Va., he graduated from Washington College in 1842. He served in the Mexican War as captain of Virginia Volunteers and later practiced law. He served five terms in the Virginia house of delegates, during which time he was speaker of the house, chairman of the committee on military affairs, and president of the board of visitors of Virginia Military Institute. He was commissioned colonel of the 7th Virginia Infantry, and led his regiment from 1st Manassas to Williamsburg. He was then given a brigade and promoted to brigadier general on June 3, 1862. With this command in Pickett's division he rendered most valuable service until the battle of Gettysburg, where he fell desperately wounded on July 3, 1863, during Pickett's Charge, only a few feet from the historic stonewall. Captured by the Yankees, he was subsequently exchanged, but was unfit for further field command as a result of his wounds. Promoted to major general on Sept. 19, 1864, he commanded the reserve forces of Virginia until the close of the war. After the war, Kemper returned to his law practice and was elected Governor of Virginia, serving 1874-77.
Document Signed: 6 3/4 x 2 1/2, imprinted check, signed in ink. The State Bank of Virginia, Richmond, Va., 31 Dec. 1881. Pay to the order of Mrs. Virginia F. Carter, Seven hundred and twenty seven and 36/100 Dollars, acct. of R.A. Banks estate. Signed, J.L. Kemper. Oval blue rubber stamp, The State Bank of Va., Paid, Jan. 3, 1882. Endorsements on the reverse. Very desirable Confederate General's autograph.