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L.N. Chapin

L.N. Chapin

Federal (USV)


Louis Nathan Chapin

(1842 - 1910)

Home State: New York

Education: Hamilton College, Class of 1869

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 34th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

By 1858 he was a printer at the Herkimer County Journal in Little Falls, NY, and in 1860 was a student at the Little Falls Academy. He enlisted in Little Falls on 1 May 1861 and mustered in as Private, Company K, 34th New York Infantry on 15 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He was with his Company at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on 3 December 1862 and mustered out with his Company on 30 June 1863, at Albany.

After the War

He was a student at the Fairfield Seminary in the Fall of 1863. In 1865 he was living with his parents and siblings in Madison, NY and afterward a student at Hamilton College. He worked on newspapers in Utica, Troy, and Syracuse, NY, and by 1880 was owner and editor of the weekly paper in Groton, NY. He moved that year to Philadelphia, PA and was a book publisher. He returned to New York about 1887, published books, and lived in Brooklyn at the time of his death at age 68 in 1910.

References & notes

His presence at Antietam from his own History,1 source also of his photograph. Service details from the State of New York.2 Personal details from family genealogists, the New York State Census of 1865, the US Census of 1880, and a bio sketch in the Hamilton Literary Magazine (December 1910). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary Elizabeth Townsend (1846-1924) in May 1872 and they had two sons.


05/14/1842; Morrisville, NY


07/19/1910; Clifton Springs, NY; burial in Mountain Grove Cemetery and Mausoleum, Bridgeport, CT


1   Chapin, Louis N., A Brief History of the Thirty-fourth Regiment N.Y.S.V. (1903), Little Falls (NY): Captain Henry Galpin CWRT, 1998, Intro., pp. 38 - 73  [AotW citation 8354]

2   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, Ser. No. 22, pg. 172  [AotW citation 28115]