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Civil War (Union) 1
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Army 1
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Captain 1
Birth:
21 Nov 1839 1
New Haven Connecticut 1
Death:
02 Jul 1863 1
Gettysburg, PA 1
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Full Name:
Jedediah Chapman 1
Birth:
21 Nov 1839 1
New Haven Connecticut 1
Male 1
Death:
02 Jul 1863 1
Gettysburg, PA 1
Cause: Killed at the Battle Of Gettysburg 1
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Grove Street Cemetery New Haven CT 1
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1861 1
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Jedediah Chapman

First Lieutenant Jedediah Chapman, because of “protracted sickness” missed the Battle of Chancellorsville in May, 1863 when the 27th Connecticut suffered tremendous casualties, mostly by having their men captured. Only two companies of the regiment remained in the field, along with a few remnants from other companies that were not captured. “These scattering portions were formed into one company, and Lieutenant Chapman was placed in command. His peculiar qualifications of discipline and character contributed much to their unity and effectiveness during the succeeding campaign of Gettysburg; and at their head he fell on the second of July, 1863. His commission as Captain of Company H, dated May thirteenth, 1863, had been already issued and forwarded; but he did not live to know of this well-deserved honor.” 

Jedediah Chapman was born in New Haven Connecticut on November 21, 1839. Along with Merwin, Chapman served as a member of the New Haven Grays, and served for three months with the 2nd Connecticut in 1861. In August of 1862, Chapman enlisted in the 27th Connecticut and won election to the post of First Lieutenant of Company H. According the Regimental History published in 1866, Chapman acquitted himself admirably during the battle of Fredericksburg, but missed the battle of Chancellorsville due to sickness. Only two full companies escaped the disaster at Chancellorsville, and when Chapman returned from sick leave he was placed in command of a third company cobbled together from the survivors of the other 8. In this position, Chapman had won a commission as Captain dating to May 13th. News of this commissioner however had not reached the new Captain by the time he died at Gettysburg.

Advanced marker, 27th Connecticut, located on Brooke's Ledge
Photo by Jen Goellnitz.

Jedediah Chapman was born in New Haven Connecticut on November 21, 1839. Along with Merwin, Chapman served as a member of the New Haven Grays, and served for three months with the 2nd Connecticut in 1861. In August of 1862, Chapman enlisted in the 27th Connecticut and won election to the post of First Lieutenant of Company H. According the Regimental History published in 1866, Chapman acquitted himself admirably during the battle of Fredericksburg, but missed the battle of Chancellorsville due to sickness. Only two full companies escaped the disaster at Chancellorsville, and when Chapman returned from sick leave he was placed in command of a third company cobbled together from the survivors of the other 8. In this position, Chapman had won a commission as Captain dating to May 13th. News of this commissioner however had not reached the new Captain by the time he died at Gettysburg.

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