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Federal (USA)


Frederick A. Chapin

(c. 1838 - ?)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 4th United States Artillery, Battery B

Before Antietam

Originally from Boston, MA, he was a Private in the Battery as it joined the Army of the Potomac in 1861.

On the Campaign

Cited for bravery at Antietam by battery commander Lt. Stewart in his Report.

The rest of the War

He was discharged as Sergeant in June 1863, was appointed Quartermaster Sergeant of the 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Company A, on 18 April 1864 at age 26. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 18 September 1865.

References & notes

Basic information from US War Department1. Details from Buell2, the Record3, and Massachusetts in the War4.


c. 1838


1   US War Department, The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (OR), 128 vols., Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1880-1901, Series 1, Vol 19, Part 1 (Serial 27), pp. 229 - 231  [AotW citation 10488]

2   Buell, Augustus, The Cannoneer: Recollections of Service in the Army of the Potomac, Washington: The National Tribune Company, 1890, pp. 18, 149  [AotW citation 10493]

3   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Record of the Massachusetts Volunteers, 1861-1865, 2 Volumes, Boston: Wright & Potter, Printers to the State, 1868-1870, Vol. 1, pg. 515  [AotW citation 10494]

4   Bowen, James Lorenzo, Massachusetts in the War, 1861-1865, Springfield (MA): Clark W. Bryan & Company, 1889, pg. 731  [AotW citation 10495]