John Lyman Chatfield

25 03 2007

In July 1863, John Chatfield would receive wounds in the assault on Battery Wagner from which he would not recover.  At that time he was in command of the 6th CT volunteer infantry.  But on July 21, 1861 he was the colonel of the 3rd CT in Erasmus Keyes’s brigade of Daniel Tyler’s federal division. 

John Lyman Chatfield: born Oxford, CT 9/13/26; journeyman builder, worked as a mechanic for the Waterbury Lumber & Coal Company, and partnered with his brother in the building business; was a captain of the Waterbury City Guard; major, 1st CTVI, 4/23/61; Lt. Col. 5/10/61; Col. 3rd CTVI, 5/31/61; mustered out of volunteers 8/12/61; Col., 6th CTVI, 9/13/61; commanded 1st Brigade, 1st Div., Dept of the South, 4/62 to 7/62; commanded District of Beaufort, SC, 10th Corps, 10/62; wounded right leg at Pocotaligo, SC 10/22/62; wounded left leg and right hand during assault on Fort Wagner, SC, 7/18/63 (the same action which claimed the life of Robert Gould Shaw of the 54th MA); died of his wounds on 8/9/63 in Waterbury, CT; buried in Riverside Cemetery, Waterbury, CT, Section G, Lot #13.  

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 Photos: a & b – Hunt, Colonels in Blue: The New England States; c – Civil War Monuments of Connecticut


Hunt, Colonels in Blue – The New England States, pp 20-21

Chesson, Colonel Chatfield’s Courage, or A Share of “Glory”, 9/24/2006