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David Chapin

Residence Boston MA; a 19 year-old Clerk.
Enlisted on 9/8/1862 as a Private.
On 9/16/1862 he mustered into "I" Co. MA 42nd Infantry
He died of disease on 2/2/1863 at Stark's Landing, TX
He was listed as:
* POW 1/1/1863 Galveston, TX (Paroled)

Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:
- Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the Civil War


The 42d Regt. Mass. Vol. Mil. was one of the new militia
units raised to fill the quota of Massachusetts under the call
of Aug. 4, 1862, for 300,000 men to serve nine months. Its
nucleus was the newly organized 2d Regt. Mass. Vol. Mil. As
there was already a 2d Regt. Mass. Vol. Inf. in the service,
this new unit was named the 42d Regt. in order to avoid the
duplication of numbers.

The regiment was recruited at Camp Meigs, Readville, Brig.
Gen. R. A. Pierce being commander of the camp. The various
companies were mustered in between Sept. 13 and Oct. 14, 1862,
while the field and staff were not mustered until Nov. 11.
Under command of Col. Isaac S. Burrell the regiment left, Nov.
21, for Camp Banks, Long Island, N. Y., where the expedition
for Louisiana was being organized. Here on the 3d of December
it took transports for New Orleans.

Colonel Burrell and staff with Companies "D", "G" and "I"
proceeded on the transport SAXON via Ship Island to New
Orleans, reaching that city Dec. 16. On the following day they
arrived at Carrollton and went into quarters at Camp Mansfield.
Ordered to Galveston, Texas, to cooperate with the blockading
fleet, Colonel Burrell with his three companies arrived at that
city on Christmas Day, 1862. Taking possession of the city and
erecting some works for its defense, on New Year's Day, 1863,
they were attacked by a force which had crossed over from the
mainland. Taking refuge on Kuhns' Wharf, after a gallant
defense Colonel Burrell and his three companies were forced to
surrender to the Confederate commander General Magruder. In
recognition of the gallantry with which he had defended his
post, Colonel Burrell was allowed to retain his sword. The
enlisted men were paroled Feb. 18, but the officers were not
finally released and exchanged until July 22, 1864.
Source: Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors & Marines in the Civil War


At Galveston, Texas, January 1, 1863 they suffered 16 wounded and 252 captured
Regimental Casualty Analysis
42nd MA Infantry
Organized: Camp Meigs, Readville, MA on 11/11/62
Mustered Out: 8/20/63
Historical Data Systems, Inc.

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