Image: Ensign James Henry Chappell, Co. F, 1st Rhode Island Infantry

8 09 2022
James Henry Chappell, Carte de visite by J. Appleby Williams of Newport, R.I. When the Newport Artillery Company formed in the early 1850s, the founding members included James Henry Chappell. An expert saddle maker, he closed up shop in April 1861 and joined his fellow militiamen to form Company F of the 1st. Chappell ranked as an ensign, or junior lieutenant. He posed for this portrait holding a Whitney revolver and a U.S. Model 1850 sword. He returned to Newport after the end of his three-month’s service and reopened his shop. Chappell went on to become a respected chiropractor and lived until 1914. (Courtesy Military Images Magazine/Martin Schoenfield Collection)

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