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Fonds F2483 - Alaric B. Chapin fonds
ACU GBA F2483
Alaric B. Chapin fonds
- 1865-1971 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.5 cm of textual records
Name of creator
Alaric B. Chapin, 1847-1924, was born in Oswegatchie, New York, USA. During the American Civil War he enlisted in the Union Army. During an attack on a Confederate fort in 1865, he voluntarily placed himself in an exposed position in order to cut holes in an enemy palisade. He was finally awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for this action in 1914. Following the war, he moved to Wisconsin, then to Minnesota. He married Mary Smith and had three sons and two daughters. One of the sons, O.S. Chapin, operated the Chapin Company, an automobile and tractor dealership in Calgary, Alberta. He died in Portland, Oregon. For further information see Randy Fletcher's article "Storming the ramparts : Oregonians display courage in the Civil War", Oregon Magazine, January 2009, available onine at http://oregonmag.com.
Fonds was donated to the Riveredge Foundation by A. B. Chapin's granddaughter, Miriam J. Adams (Mrs. W. P.), of Banff, Alberta, 1976.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of Riveredge Foundation, 1979.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The fonds consists of A. B. Chapin's Civil War discharge papers, documentation of his award of the Congressional Medal of Honor, a letter from a comrade, a letter from his widow to his son, newsclippings, and an envelope from his daughter-in-law to his granddaughter.
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Conditions governing access
No restrictions on access.
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Script of material
Language and script notes
The material is in English.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
No finding aid, but the papers have been digitized.
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
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Title based on contents of records.