Chapman, Charles C.
Age: 19, credited to St. Johnsbury, VT
Unit(s): 15th VT INF
Service: enl 8/28/62, m/i 10/22/62, Pvt, Co. K, 15th VT INF, m/o 8/5/63
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Birth: abt 1843, St. Johnsbury, VT
Burial: Grove Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Dan Taylor
Findagrave Memorial #: 33717565
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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ObituarySource: Orleans County Monitor, November 25, 1872
ST. JOHNSBURY EAST.
Charles Chapman, son of Wm. Chapman, of this village, brakeman on the P. & O. Railroad was instantly killed, near Judge Bell's on Monday morning last. He stood on a box car, near the forward part of the train, fixing a bell rope, to connect the rear passenger cars with the engine, when, passing under the dry bridge at Judge Bell's he was struck in the head and knocked down upon the car. A mile and a half from that place he either recovered consciousness and rolled off, or was jarred off the car, striking upon the track, when the train passed over the middle of his body, so badly mutilating it that from the middle of his body to his knees it was scarcely possible to recognize the human form. Some four or five cars passed over him, besmearing the wheels and car bottoms with blood and bits of flesh. He was not missed till the train reached Walden Heights, when a hand car was sent back and the body found in the condition above described, and brought to St. Johnsbury, where it was prepared for conveyance to his father's. It seems that a man standing on the end of the rear car saw an object on the track as the train passed over. He noticed it was bloody and cut apart, but supposing it the body of some animal he did not call attention to it. Mr. Chapman was about 25 years old, had been a brakeman on the Passumpsic and for the past few moths on the P. And O. The blow will fall with crushing force upon his father's family. This horror is another irresistible argument why all railroads should build their bridges so high that the tallest man on the highest box car can pass under them with safety. The propriety of this is proposed after every such accident, and yet nothing is done in this direction to save life. After this accident is fully discussed the excitement will die away and nothing more be said or done till the next victim creates a demand upon public sympathy.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.