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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1831

Vol. I

(Born Md.)

William Chapman

(Ap'd Md.)


Born Jan. 22, 1810, St. John's (Charles Co.), MD.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1827, to July 1, 1831, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 5th Infantry, July 1, 1831.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Mackinac, Mich., 1831‑32, — on the "Black Hawk Expedition," 1832, but not at the seat of war;​a at the Military Academy, as Asst. Instructor of Infantry Tactics, Oct. 20, 1832, to June 29, 1833; on frontier duty at Ft. Howard, Wis., 1833; as Adjutant,

(Second Lieut., 5th Infantry, Mar. 4, 1833)

5th Infantry, at Regimental headquarters, Nov. 7, 1833, to July 1, 1838; on Recruiting service, 1838‑40; on frontier duty at Ft. Snelling,

(First Lieut., 5th Infantry, Dec. 31, 1836)

Min., 1840‑41, — and Ft. Mackinac, Mich., 1841‑42, 1842‑45; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48,

(Captain, 5th Infantry, June 8, 1845)

being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, — Battle of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846, — Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23, 1846, — Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Capture of San Antonio, Aug. 20, 1847, where he was wounded, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20,

(Bvt. Major, Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

1847, — Battle of Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — Storming of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847, — and Assault and Capture of the City of Mexico,

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Sep. 8, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battle of Molino del Rey, Mex.)

Sep. 13‑14, 1847; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1848‑49; on frontier duty at Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1849‑50, — conducting recruits to Texas, 1851, — Clear Fork of the Brazos, Tex., 1851‑53, — Ringgold Barracks, Tex., 1854‑55, — March to Eagle Pass, Tex., 1855‑56, — and Ringgold Barracks, Tex., 1856‑57; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1857; and on frontier duty on Utah Expedition, 1857‑58, 1859‑60, — March to New Mexico, 1860, — at Ft. Bliss, Tex., 1860‑61, —

(Major, 2d Infantry, Feb. 25, 1861)

Ft. Fauntleroy, N. M., 1861, — and Ft. Union, N. M., 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1862‑66: in command of regiment in the defenses of Washington, D. C., Jan.‑Mar., 1862;

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 3d Infantry, Feb. 20, 1862)

 p484  in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar.‑Aug., 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5-May 4, 1862, — Battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, — and Skirmish at Harrison's Landing, July 2, 1862; in Northern Virginia Campaign, Aug.‑Sep., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Manassas, Aug. 30, 1862; on sick leave

(Bvt. Colonel, Aug. 30, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Second Battle of Bull Run, Va.)

of absence, Sep. 20, 1862, to Dec. 3, 1863; in command of Draft Rendezvous at Madison, Wis., Dec. 3, 1863, to Feb. 28, 1865; on special duty

(Retired from Active Service, Aug. 26, 1863, for Disability resulting from Long and Faithful Service, and Disease contracted in the Line of Duty.)

at Washington, D. C., Feb. 28 to Sep. 11, 1865.

Served as Member of Board for Examination of Officers for Promotion in the Army, Oct. 1, 1866, to Jan. 9, 1867.

Died, Dec. 17, 1887, at Green Bay, Wis.: Aged 78.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1888, for an obituary notice.º

Buried, Woodlawn Cemetery, Allouez, WI.

Thayer's Note:

a Col. Chapman's birth data are from his AOG obituary; that obituary gives additional details of his military career and the posts where he was stationed.

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