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Letter from George Chamberain

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Admin/Biog History Commissary Sergeant George W. Chamberlain enlisted in Company G on August 21, 1862 from Sheboygan Falls. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on July 11, 1865 but nevever mustered. He mustered out on July 19, 1865.
Charles Bates had previously been a member of Company G. He had enlisted at Port Washington on August 21, 1862 and received a discharge on February 25, 1863 and returned to Wisconsin.
Private Christian Bjorensen, Company G, 1st Wisconsin Cavalry enlisted on September 21, 1861 in Sun Prairie. He was wounded in action at Cape Giradeau, Missouri on April 26, 1863 and died on April 27.
Sergeant Michael O'Neil enlisted August 20, 1861 in Beaver Dam. He was killed in action April 26, 1863 at Cape Girardeau.
Private Bernard Schultis (Schultheis) enlisted in Company H, 9th Wisconsin Infantry in Milwaukee on November 11, 1861. He transferred to Company M, 1st Wisconsin Cavalry on May 2, 1862. He mustered out on February 19, 1865 at the expiration of his term of service.
Private Daniel E. Fisher enlisted in Company G in Appleton on September 23, 1861 as a blacksmith. He was wounded April 28, 1863 near Mud Creek. He mustered out of the regiment on October 31, 1864 at the expiration of his term of enlistment.
Corporal Frank McCarty enlisted in Beaver Dam on August 15, 1862. He was wounded at Bloomfield, Missouri on April 30, 1863 and had his leg amputated above the knee. He received a medical discharge due to disability on August 14, 1863.
Sergeant Edwin A. Morgan was a resident of Leroway, New York when he enlisted on August 26, 1862. He mustered out of the regiment on July 19, 1865.
Classification Archives
Collection Civil War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation April 30, 1863
Abstract The following letter was written by George Chamberlain, Company G, 1st Wisconsin Cavalry, to Charles Bates, announcing the death of his brother, George Bates, enlisted August 21, 1862 in Port Washington and was mortally wounded at Bloomfield, Missouri on April 29, 1863.

Bloomfield, Missouri, May 1, 1863
Dear Friend Charles,

I now take my pen in hand to write you a few sorrowful lines. We had a large battle at Cape Girardeau April 29. The fight began at 10 o'clock in the morning and lasted until 10 o'clock in the afternoon. George was in the fight and he fought bravely too. Chris Bjorensen was killed and Sargent O'Neal of Company C. Chris was in our company [if you] recollect. The rebels retreated and we started after them the 28th and overtook them about 6 miles from this place. They were calculating to stand us another fight here at Bloomfield, but we overtook them before they got here and opened fire into them at the Caster River. George was out skirmishing and got wounded in the groin of his right leg. The ball entered his bowels. He was taken into a house and kept there one day and one night. And now it comes hard to me to say that he is dead. He died on the 30th at twelve o'clock at night and was buried this morning. I was not with him myself, but Bernard Schultis was left with him. Bernard says that he was washed, had clean clothes, his pants and jacket was washed clean, and he was buried in his uniform. Dan Fisher was wounded slightly in the right knee. Frank McCarty was shot in the right knee and had his leg cut off just above the knee. Several [were] killed instantly in the other companies. Edwin Morgan has got George's things in [his] charge and has got his pocket book with what money there is in it. I am left back here to take care of Frank McCarty. The regiment and [the] whole division is still following the rebels on to Chalk Bluffs. This is all for this time. Ed will write and give you the particulars.
From your friend,
George Chamberlain.
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Notes Commissary Sergeant George W. Chamberlain enlisted in Company G on August 21, 1862 from Sheboygan Falls. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on July 11, 1865 but nevever mustered. He mustered out on July 19, 1865.
Charles Bates had previously been a member of Company G. He had enlisted at Port Washington on August 21, 1862 and received a discharge on February 25, 1863 and returned to Wisconsin.
Object ID SC411.5.54
Object Name Letter
People Chamberlain, George W.
Bates, Charles
Bates, George
Subjects Civil War
Soldiers
Cavalry
Casualties
Campaigns & battles
Wounds & injuries
1st Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry
Death
Title Letter from George Chamberain
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