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Union in Monroe County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Chapman House

Confederate Father and Son

 
 
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By Don Morfe, August 6, 2012
1. Chapman House Marker
Inscription. This is the Chapman House, built in 1803 and the home of one of Unionís most prominent families. Augustus A. Chapman and his son, George Beirne Chapman, both served the Confederacy in the Civil War.

Augustus Chapman, an attorney, was twice a member of the Virginia General Assembly (1835-1841; 1857-1861), a U.S. Congressman (1843-1847), and a representative for Monroe County in the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1850. During the Civil War, he was a brigadier general commanding a Kanawha Valley militia brigade comprising regiments from Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe, and Giles counties. He fought in several engagements in West Virginia.

George Chapman enlisted in Lowryís Battery in present-day Greenville and was elected 1st lieutenant. In April 1862, he returned to Union to raise his own battery. Only 21 years old, he was made captain of Chapmanís Battery. At the Battle of Droop Mountain, Chapmanís Battery fought under Gen. John Echols, also from Union. Chapman was mortally wounded at the Battle of Winchester on September19, 1864. As he rode toward one of his guns, shell fragments struck his left shoulder and tore through his body Lt. Frederick G. Thrasher, his second-in-command who also was wounded, wrote, “On my arrival at Lynchburg General A.A. Chapman came to see me to inquire about his son, the Captain.
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By Don Morfe, August 6, 2012
2. Chapman House Marker
I told him that I had left him a few hours before at Charlottesville in a very dangerous condition. The General and Mrs. Chapman went on the next train to Charlottesville, arriving there a short time before their sonís death.” Chapmanís Battery fought on without him until the war ended.
 
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 35.406′ N, 80° 32.622′ W. Marker is in Union, West Virginia, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 219) and Middle Street, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Union WV 24983, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Porcher Miles (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Crook's Occupation of Union (about 400 feet away); General John Echols (about 400 feet away); Union (about 500 feet away); Union College (about 600 feet away); Bishop Matthew W. Clair, Sr. (about 600 feet away); Gen. John Echols House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil War Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Union.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Chapman House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 6, 2012
3. Chapman House Marker
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By Don Morfe, August 6, 2012
4. Chapman House Marker
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By Don Morfe, August 6, 2012
5. Chapman House Marker
Clark-Wiseman House is adjacent to the Chapman House
Chapman House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 6, 2012
6. Chapman House Marker
 
 
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