Acton Memorial Library
Civil War Archives
|Co.||Regiment / Ship||From||To||Residence/ Credit||Occupation||Notes|
|E||6th MVI (100 Days)||Private; enl. July 11, 1864; must. July 18, 1864||must. out Oct. 27, 1864||Acton||farmer|
|Co.||Regiment||Date Filed||Type||App. No.||Cert. No.||State||Beneficiary/Remarks|
|E||6th MVI||Sept. 5, 1908||Invalid||1 377 034||1 150 395||Mass.|
Recorded as member no. 55 in the membership roster of Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R., Acton, Massachusetts (Acton Memorial Library archives, 92.2.1).
Fifteen members of Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R. in front of the Telephone Office Building, West Acton, on May 30, 1924 (photograph, Acton Memorial Library archives 24.1.1)
|Date||July 22, 1933|
|Place||Soldiers Home, Chelsea, Mass.|
|Obituary||Concord Enterprise, July 26, 1933|
|Burial||Mt. Hope Cemetery, Acton, Mass.|
Born in Acton in 1846, Waldo Chaplin ran away from his father’s farm at the age of 17 in July 1864, to join the 6th Massachusetts Infantry. There he served as a private for three months. During its 100-day call-up, the regiment spent its time on garrison duty and guarding rebel prisoners. They saw no action, but lost 10 men to disease.
After the war he married Harriet Ward of Winchester and had a livery stable in Concord Junction (West Concord). When he died in the Chelsea Soldiers Home at the age of 86, he was the last of Concord’s Civil War veterans. He was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in West Acton.
(Text from "Not Afraid to Go", exhibit at the Acton Memorial Library)
Waldo Chaplin, age 14, is recorded as an inhabitant of Acton in the 1860 federal census, in household with Wm. Chaplin (dwelling no. 275) age 49, a farmer, and Sophia Chaplin, age 42, and brother William Chaplin, Jr., age 20 ("1860 United States Federal Census," Ancestry.com).
The name Waldo Chaplin is included on the Acton Memorial Library Soldiers' Tablet, "The Men of Acton Who Fought For The Union."
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