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Post War Albumen Captain Justin Chapman 1st & 5th Connecticut Infantry

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Post war albumen of Connecticut veteran, Justin Chapman. The future captain would begin his military career commissioned as a 1st lieutenant with the 1st Connecticut Volunteer Infantry in April, 1861. A 3 month regiment, he would be discharged that July after serving his full term. The following month Justin would be commissioned a captain with the 5th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. He would be absent from the regiment in January of 1862 serving a court martial detail but would return in March. That summer, he would be severely wounded on August, 9th during the Battle of Cedar Mountain when a lead ball crashed into his right leg. The wound would require the amputation of the leg and as Union forces retreated, Justin would be left behind at Culpepper. Captured on August 17th, he would be imprisoned at Castle Thunder and Libby Prison before being paroled in early October. Justin would remain in the hospital until September of the following year when he would transfer into the Veteran Reserve Corps. From March, 1863 through May of 1864, would be placed in command of volunteer troops at Fort Trumbull, Connecticut. He would continue to serve in various military roles until 1868 and would receive a brevet to colonel for “long, brave and efficient service.”. Following his military service, Justin would be active in assisting his fellow veteran. He would serve of the staff of the U.S. National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldier in Dayton. In 1880 he would transfer to the Soldier’s Home of Marion, Indiana working as the treasurer of the home before being elected the Governor of the Marion Branch National Military Home. He would remain the Governor until his death in November, 1904. This view dates to his time serving as Governor of that home. An ink signature in Chapman’s hand reads “Yours truly  Justin H. Chapman Governor”. Measures 8″ x 7″ and comes with full service records and research material.

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