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Chapin family papers

Chapin family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Chapin family papers
Creator: Chapin family
Inclusive Dates: 1862-1870
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s)
Collection Number: ms2922
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Mrs. Joel Chapin (Amelia) of Enfield, Connecticut wrote concerning her son J. Leander Chapin (d. 1864), who was a private soldier in Company A of the 16th Connecticut Infantry Regiment. He was taken prisoner on April 20, 1864, and held at Andersonville Prison in Georgia. He died at Andersonville of typhoid fever on July 21, 1864.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence from 1862 to 1870 to Mrs. Joel (Amelia) Chapin of Enfield, Connecticut from friends of J. Leander Chapin regarding his imprisonment and death at Andersonville Prison, Georgia. The letters discuss the hiring of Amelia Johnson in Andersonville to care for the grave and erect a stone. Johnson's letters contain very descriptive comments about the cemetery and stockade. Also in the collection are three documents concerning death benefits paid to Mrs. Chapin for her son's military service. Letters from Leander's friends who describe his character and death are also included.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Chapin family papers, ms2922, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

This collection has been digitized and is available online as part of America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Andersonville Prison
Georgia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Johnson, Amelia
Soldiers -- Connecticut.
United States. Army. Connecticut Infantry Regiment, 16th (1862-1865)

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letters, papers Access Online