George Chapman - Fireman 1st Class

George Thomas Chapman was born circa 1824 in England and enlisted on 24 February 1864 at the 14th State Street, New York, NY Naval Rendezvous as a Fireman 1st Class for a 1 year enlistment[1].

Chapman was attached to the Tecumseh on 25 April 1864 [2]. He was reported lost with her during the Battle of Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864 as reported in Navy casualty lists.[3], [4].

He was approximately 40 years old and had been in the Navy for just over six months. He left behind a wife and three children.[5]


Wife:Allison Chapman (married 1857)
Son: Henry Charles Chapman (born 3 January 1860)
Son: John Thomas Chapman (born 22 July 1861)
Son: Duncan Chapman (born 28 October 1864)

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References and Sources

[1] Return of the United States Naval Rendezvous, 14th State Street, New York, NY for the week ending February 27, 1864

[2] NARA T1099. An index to rendezvous reports during the Civil War, 1861-1865.

[3] "Navy Gazette: List of Deaths in the Navy of the United States, reported to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, during the week ending December 3d, 1864." Army and Navy Journal, 10 Dec. 1864, p. 253.

[4] Officers and Enlisted Men who Died in the Active Service of the U.S. Navy 1776-1885

[5] Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of Civil War and Later Navy Veterans ("Navy Widows' Certificates"), 1861-1910