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Federal (USV)


Lowell Augustus Chamberlin

(1838 - 1889)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Maryland Light Artillery, Battery A

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 21 year old sailmaker in Boston. He enlisted as First Sergeant of the 2nd Battery, Massachusetts Light Artillery on 31 July 1861 but was discharged to accept the appointment as 2nd Lieutenant of Battery A, First Maryland Light Artillery on 21 November 1861.

On the Campaign

He was with the battery in action on the Maryland Campaign of September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 21 January 1863, transferred to Battery B on 11 March 1865, and mustered out on 3 July 1865. He was commissioned First Lieutenant, 5th United States Veteran Volunteer Infantry on 31 July and mustered out with them on 20 July 1866.

After the War

He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, First United States Artillery on 11 May 1866, was promoted to First Lieutenant on 28 August 1867. He resigned in November 1873 and was reinstated in March 1875; by 1880 he was in Quincy, MA. He was promoted to Captain on 25 November 1886 and died, still in uniform, at San Fransisco at age 50 in 1889.

References & notes

His service from Soldiers, Sailors and Marines,1 Wilmer,2 Henry,3 and Heitman.4 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860 and 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary Elizabeth Bent (1846-1915) in October 1867 in Quincy, MA and they had 5 children.

More on the Web

Battery Chamberlin at the Presidio, San Francisco is named for him.


12/18/1838; Malden, MA


08/09/1889; San Francisco, CA; burial in San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, CA


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 5, pg. 359  [AotW citation 28857]

2   Wilmer, L. Allison, and J.H. Jarrett, George H. Vernon, State Commissioners, History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-5, Baltimore: Press of Guggenheimer, Weil & Co., 1898  [AotW citation 28858]

3   Henry, Guy Vernor, Military Record of Civilian Appointments in the United States Army, 2 Volumes, New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1873, Vol. 1, pg. 196  [AotW citation 28859]

4   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 293  [AotW citation 28860]