John Chamberlin Papers, 1864, 1991
Primary Creator: Chamberlin, John
Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet
Date Acquired: 08/15/1991
Subjects: Military History - Civil War
John Chamberlin was born in May 1845 in Ohio. He enlisted with Company I of the 23rd Ohio Infantry Regiment (Union Army) on March 15, 1864, at the age of 18. He was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal on July 26, 1865. He served under General Philip Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign in 1864. Chamberlin was involved in many battles, including the battle of Opequan Creek (also known as Winchester) on September 19, 1864. The last battle for his regiment was the Battle of Cedar Creek on October 19, 1864, when Sheridan and his men won the area surrounding Winchester for the Union. Following the battle, the 23rd Ohio remained stationed in this area until the end of the war. Two soldiers of the 23rd Ohio, Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley,eventually became President of the United States.
Following the war, Chamberlin spent some time in Pennsylvania. It was there he met his wife, Malissa, who had been born in Pennsylvania in December 1844. John and Malissa had a total of eight children, five of whom were born in Pennsylvania. The family eventually moved to Oakes, North Dakota, where John served as the town’s postmaster and police deputy. John Chamberlin died in 1914 and is buried in Oakes.
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Source: Paul Meyer, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Acquisition Method: Donation; Acc.#91-1776
Original/Copies Note: The diary and the transcription where photocopied from originals held by Paul Meyer, John Chamberlin's grandson.
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). John Chamberlin Papers. OGLMC 1237, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota.
Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid migrated to Archon in July 2012.
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