Civil War Records of Col. William H. Chapman


Co. Regiment / Ship From To Residence/ Credit Occupation Notes
E (Davis Guards) 6th MVI
(3 months)
1st Lieut., comm. June 16, 1859; must. April 22, 1861 Aug. 2, 1861 Acton    
E 26th MVI Captain, comm. Aug. 31, 1861; must. Oct. 18, 1861; comm Major, Nov. 15, 1864; not must.; comm. Lieut. Colonel, Nov. 16, 1864; must. Dec. 11, 1864; comm. Colonel, Dec. 11, 1864; not must. must. out Aug. 26, 1865, as Lieut. Colonel. Acton farmer wounded Sept. 19, 1864 at Winchester, Va.
MASSCW, 1:381, 3:89

Service Record (select pages from the National Archives): x
Service Ledger (Town of Acton): 26-27, 44-45, 46-47 (PDF)


Co. Regiment Date Filed Type App. No. Cert. No. State Beneficiary/Remarks
E 6th MVI
26th MVI
October 17, 1868 Invalid 136 353 157 186    
May 4, 1891 Widow 511 311 354 578   Abby Chapman

Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  4 pages (PDF)

Grand Army of the Republic



Date April 24, 1891
Place Everett, Mass.
Age 62


Obituary Everett Free Press, May 2, 1891
Concord Enterprise, May 1, 1891
Burial Woodlawn Cemetery, Acton, Mass.
Survived by  

Additional Information

Wm. H. Chapman, age 31, a farmer, is recorded as an inhabitant of Acton in the 1860 federal census (dwelling no. 340) ("1860 United States Federal Census,"

Col. William H. Chapman's name is listed first on the Acton Memorial Library Soldiers' Tablet, "The Men of Acton Who Fought For The Union."  "During the period of the war of the Rebellion Col. Chapman was a citizen of Acton and as he rose to a higher rank than any other Acton citizen, his name enjoys the distinction of heading the roll upon the tablet containing the names of Acton soldiers at the entrance of our Memorial Library." (from obituary, Concord Enterprise).


See also:

Hosmer, The Town of Acton in the Civil War: 37, 39, 40.


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