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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1854

Vol. II

(Born Ala.)

Alfred B. Chapman

(Ap'd Ala.)


Alfred Beck Chapman: Born Sep. 6, 1829, Greensboro, AL.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1850, to July 1, 1854, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Artillery, July 1, 1854.

Served: in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1854‑55;

(Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, Feb. 15, 1855)

(Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Mar. 3, 1855)

and on frontier duty, at Albuquerque, N. M., 1856, — on Escort, 1856, — Albuquerque, N. M., 1856, — Camp Moore, N. M., 1856, — Ft. Buchanan, N. M., 1857, — Gila Expedition, 1857, being engaged against the Apache Indians, in the Combat on Gila River, N. M., June 27, 1857, — Ft. Buchanan, N. M., 1857‑58, — Ft. Tejon, Cal., 1858‑59, — Scouting against Mojave Indians, being engaged in a Skirmish at Beall's Crossing

(First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Jan. 6, 1859)

of the Colorado River, Cal., Jan. 9, 1859, — Ft. Crook, Cal., 1859‑60, — and Ft. Churchill, Nev., 1860‑61.

Resigned, May 14, 1861.

Civil History. — Counselor at Law, Los Angeles, Cal., since 1862.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Civil History. — Unknown.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — Since 1861, located in Los Angeles, California, where he practiced law until January, 1879.​a — Since 1879 has lived on his rancho, known as "Chapman Place" in Los Angeles Co., San Gabriel Valley, Cal., where he cultivates a few grape vines, fig, orange and walnut trees. — Address, San Gabriel, Cal.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

Military History. —

First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Jan. 6, 1859.

Resigned, May 14, 1861.

Civil History. — Practiced law in Los Angeles, Cal., 1861‑1879; since 1879 lived on his estate in San Gabriel Valley where he cultivated extensively grapes, figs, oranges and walnuts.

Died, Jan. 16, 1915, at San Gabriel, Cal.: Aged 85.

Buried, San Gabriel Cemetery, San Gabriel, CA.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1918.

Thayer's Note:

a "Practicing law" doesn't convey the half of it; he became a real estate tycoon and one of the founders of the city of Orange, CA. The page at Find-a‑Grave linked above is interestingly informative as to his civilian career.

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