Pea Ridge National Military Park Acquires Artillery Coat from Battle of Pea Ridge

Union Artillery frock coat belonging to Lt. William B. Chapman of the 2nd Ohio Light Artillery.

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News Release Date: July 16, 2014

Pea Ridge National Military Park recently purchased a Union Artillery frock coat belonging to Lt. William B. Chapman of the 2nd Ohio Light Artillery. Born in 1826, Chapman was a prominent attorney in Conneaut, Ohio before the war and the frock coat was presented to him by the citizens of Conneaut. On March 7, 1862, Chapman was wounded in this coat while fighting at the Battle of Pea Ridge. Chapman continued to fight until he was forced to leave the battlefield. In June 1862, Chapman was promoted to Captain but resigned his commission in October of that year due to the effects of his wound. He returned home and continued his law practice. In 1873, William and his wife Cynthia moved to Erie, PA and then to Bradford, PA three years later. Chapman became a prominent citizen of Bradford and was well respected as an attorney. He was active in the Republican Party, the Union Veteran Legion, G.A.R and the Masonic Order. Chapman died on October 25, 1895 after being run down by a passenger carriage. He was buried back in his home town of Conneaut.

The coat is currently on display in the Pea Ridge National Military Park museum along with the bullet that wounded Chapman.



Last updated: July 25, 2015

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