Private Charles H. Chapman was mustered into service as a seaman on November 27th, 1861 with Captain Henry Mulrenan’s Florida Volunteer Coast Guards.
He remained in this unit until mustered into Confederate service on April 25th, 1862 when he was enlisted as a Private in Captain Smith’s Company (Key West Avengers), 7th Regiment Florida Infantry by Major R. B. Thomas at Tampa, Florida for a period of 3 years or the war. He is reported present; due $50 bounty and clothing money.
He was present on all rolls up to Agust 8th, 1862, when he was promoted from the ranks to 4th Corporal, effective August 8th, 1862 (likely due to the vacancy created when 1st Corporal Samuel Morgan was transferred to CSS Chattahoochee on August 5th, 1862). He was reported as absent on detached duty to the city police at Knoxville, Tennessee from December 2nd, 1862 until March, 1863.
He was promoted to 1st Corporal on March 1st, 1863. He is reported as present on all rolls until February 25th, 1864 when he was transferred to the C.S. Navy and assigned to serve in CSS Savannah as a seaman.
He reported to CSS Savannah on March 7th, 1864; two days later, he was transferred, as seaman, to the CSS Sampson. There is no further record of service after this date.