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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1851

Vol. II

(Born D. C.)

Gurden Chapin

(Ap'd Va.)


Born Feb. 17, 1831.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1847, to July 1, 1851, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, July 1, 1851.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1851‑52; on frontier duty

(Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, Aug. 24, 1851)

at Ft. Towson, I. T., 1852‑54, — Exploring Expedition to Brazos River, June 1 to Oct. 30, 1854, — Ft. Arbuckle, I. T., 1854, — Conducting recruits to Texas, 1855, — and at Ft. Belknap, Tex., 1855‑57, 1857‑58; in

(First Lieut., 7th Infantry, Mar. 3, 1855)

garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1858; and on frontier duty, escorting Topographical party on Exploration for Northern Railroad route, 1858, — Utah Expedition, 1858‑60, — Adjutant, 7th Infantry, Sep. 1, 1859, to Mar. 31, 1861, — on March to New Mexico, 1860, — and at Ft. Buchanan, N. M., 1860‑61, being engaged in two Skirmishes with Apache Indians near the Post.

Captain, 7th Infantry, Apr. 22, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in operations in New Mexico, 1861‑62, being engaged in convoying trains to Ft. Craig through the enemy's lines, July‑Aug., 1861; as Acting Asst. Adjutant-General of the Department of New Mexico, Sep. 20 to Oct. 16, 1861, — in the Action of the Apache Cañon, Mar. 18, 1862, — Action of Peralta, Apr. 15, 1862, and Pursuit of the enemy, Apr. 17‑19, 1862; in

 p459  (Bvt. Major, Apr. 15, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Peralta, N. M.)

organizing Pennsylvania drafted men, Nov.‑Dec., 1862; with the Army of the Potomac, in Virginia, Jan. to Mar., 1863; as Member of a Board to examine Candidates for Appointment in Signal Corps, Apr. to Nov., 1863; in the Defenses of New York Harbor, Nov., 1863, to Nov., 1864;

(Major, 14th Infantry, May 18, 1864)

in guarding Prisoners of War at Elmira, N. Y., Dec., 1864, to Jan., 1865; in command of Regiment, and Superintending Regimental Recruiting Service at Ft. Trumbull, Ct., Feb. to July, 1865, — and at Hart Island,

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Colonel, and Bvt. Colonel, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

N. Y., July‑Aug., 1865; on leave of absence, Aug.‑Sep., 1865; and in command of Battalion at Hart Island, N. Y., Oct.‑Nov., 1865, — at Drum Barracks, near San Pedro, Cal., Jan. to Mar., 1866.

Transferred to 32d Infantry, Sep. 21, 1866.

Served: in command of Camp Goodwin, Ara., May 18, 1866, to Oct. 21, 1867; on leave of absence, to June 10, 1868; in conducting recruits to California, to July 9, 1868; at Angel Island, Cal., sick, and awaiting decision of Retiring Board, to Jan. 27, 1869.

Retired from Active Service, Jan. 27, 1869,
for Disability contracted in the Line of Duty.

Died, Aug. 22, 1875, at Culpeper, Va.: Aged 44.

Buried, Culpeper National Cemetery, Culpeper, VA.

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