Dr. Stanford Emerson Chaille, born in Natchez of a Huguenot family in 1830, served as surgeon general of Louisiana during the Civil War and became personal physician of Jefferson Davis. In 1879 he was president of the Havana Yellow Fever Commission, and became a member of the National Board of Health and dean of the Medical Department of Tulane University. He was author of “The Origin and Progress of Medical Jurisprudence.” He died in 1911.
Chaille attended the former President of the Confederate States in his last illness, when he died on December 6, 1889 at the house of Judge Charles E. Fenner in New Orleans. He received an elaborate State Funeral, witnessed by an estimated 150,000 mourners. The caisson on which his coffin rested was draped with the crossed flags and saber found also in the chasing of this inkstand.
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