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Federal (USV)


Orlando R. Chamberlin

(1844 - 1919)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 34th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 18, he enlisted in Company E, 34th New York Infantry 18 May 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the left foot in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Hoffman Farm, Sharpsburg, and was discharged 23 April 1863 for wounds. He enlisted in Company K, 14th New York Heavy Artillery on 28 December 1863, and was promoted Corporal, date not given. He was captured in action at the Crater, near Petersburg, VA on 30 July 1864, and held at Danville (VA) Prison No. 3. He mustered out of service on 29 May 1865 at Elmira, NY.

After the War

His first child, Charles, was born in 1867 in Allegheny County, PA. He was listed in the Allegany County, New York Business Directory for 1875, a stump-puller and farmer in Wellsville. His daughter Lura was born there in 1877. His second son, Guy William, was born in 1886 in Hambden, OH.

References & notes

Service information from State of New York1, which lists him as Orlando R. Chamberlain (as do many other records). Casualty details from Nelson. 2 Life dates and places from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave, with his birth year as 1841 (source not known). Two of his 1864 prison letters were sold at auction by RR Auction, Boston in 2016 [for sale again in 2018 by Horse Soldier]. These letters show that he spelled his last name "Chamberlin".


06/1844; Farmington, PA


04/30/1919; Hambden, Geauga County, OH; burial in Hambden Township Cemetery, Hambden, OH


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1900, Serial No. 22, pg. 172; 1897/4, pg. 414  [AotW citation 8271]

2   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 159  [AotW citation 17280]