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Civil War Records of William Chaplin


Grand Army of the Republic
Isaac Davis Post No. 138

Personal War Sketch for William Chaplin

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Comrade William Chaplin
Who was born the
day of
A.D. 1840
Acton County of  Middlesex State of Massachusetts

At Lowell, Mass., on August 25th, 1862 I first entered the service as the rank of private, in Company E 6th Regiment Mass State Volunteers.


On June 13th 1863 I was first discharged as my time of enlistment had expired, but on July 18th 1864, I re-enlisted and at that time I was promoted to the rank of corporal. My final discharge took place at Boston on October 27, 1864 and the reason for such, was on account of my term of re-enlistment having expired.


The first engagement I took part in was on Sept 28, 1862, at Blackwater.


I also participated in the engagements at Blackwater opposite Franklin on Oct. 3, 1862; Trini near Blackwater on October 25th; Ludlow Lawrence's Plantation at Blackwater Nov. 18th; Franklin near Blackwater on December 2nd; another attack on the Rebels near Trini on Dec. 25th. Deserted House, Jany 30, 1863 and Siege of Suffolk on April 11, 1863.


I was injured in the back while trying to load a log onto a pair of wheels for Fort Vansemond December 1862 at Suffolk, Va. For a short time I was confined at Craney Island and Suffolk, Va.

I was never taken prisoner or confined in a prison.


Among my most intimate comrades were Chas. W. Fletcher, Daniel H. Farrar, Francis E. Harris, Augustus G. Whitcomb & Chas. H. Blood.


What I deem important in my service is when on the Blackwater Va. in resisting the attacks of General Longstreet also in my second enlistment for one hundred days we were ordered to Washington & was stationed at Arlington Heights during the period of three weeks we were then ordered to Fort Delaware, where we spent our enlistment as Rebel prisoners had to be guarded

I Certify that the Sketch of my War service as above written is true as
I verily believe  
Date Signed
We certify that Comrade  William Chaplin Joined Isaac Davis
Post No. 138 Department of Massachusetts G.A.R. Dec. 4, 1882
Held Offices of
Junior Vice Commander for one year 1885
F.H. Stevens
H.R. Knowlton