Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Lucius W. Chapman Journal, 1864

James S. Schoff Civil War Collection

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Summary Information
Title: Lucius W. Chapman journal
Creator: Chapman, Lucius W.
Inclusive dates: 1864
Extent: 180 pages
The Lucius Chapman journal is a closely-written account of a man's two month service as Chaplain of the 110th Ohio Infantry Regiment.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1973. M-1616.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Lucius W. Chapman Journal, James S. Schoff Civil War Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Chapman, Lucius W.

Rank : Chaplain

Regiment : 110th Ohio Infantry Regiment (1862-1865)

Service : 1864 March 8-April 26

A native of Piqua, Ohio, Lucius W. Chapman enlisted as chaplain to the 110th Ohio Infantry Regiment in March, 1864, but left the army within two months due to homesickness and urgent illness in his family. Most of his brief service was spent in northern Virginia, between Washington, D.C., and Culpeper County. He had little direct experience with combat.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Lucius Chapman diary is a closely-written account of a man's two months in the service. An educated and sensitive man, his constant themes are loneliness, the impoverished moral condition of the army, and religious services.

Subject Terms

    • Culpeper County (Va.)
    • Depression, Mental.
    • Drill and minor tactics.
    • Homesickness.
    • Military ethics.
    • Morale.
    • Pittsburgh (Pa.)
    • Plantations--Virginia.
    • Schools.
    • Slavery.
    • Slavery--Maryland.
    • Soldiers--Religious life.
    • United States Christian Commission.
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African Americans.
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Casualties.
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Health aspects.
    • United States. Army--Barracks and quarters.
    • United States. Army--Chaplains.
    • United States. Army--Military life.
    • United States. Army--Recruiting, enlistment, etc.
    • Virginia--Description and travel.
    • Washington (D.C.)--Description and travel.
    Genre Terms:
    • Diaries.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Lucius W. Chapman journal,  1864 March 8-1864 April 26 [series]
    Pages   1-20  
    Leaving home
    Railroad trip to D.C.
    Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Description of western Pa.
    Maryland and slavery
    Description of D.C.
    Plantation of a union man
    Description of chapel
    Dying solider
    Sabbath music
    Pages   21-40  
    Card playing
    Soldiers; upstanding vs. slothful
    Sanitation and religion
    Sabbath drill and parade
    Religiosity among soldiers
    Culpepper Courthouse, war-torn
    Pages   41-60  
    Description of quarters
    Scarlet fever/typhoid fever
    School textbooks
    Regret over enlistment
    Blue Ridge Mountains
    D.C. camp vs. the field
    Morning routine
    Pages   61-80  
    Religious musings
    War-torn Culpepper
    Philosophizing on war
    Christian Commission quartered in a church
    Presentation of colors
    Ponders resignation
    Pages   81-108  
    Sit-down dinner
    Preaching out-of-doors
    Emotional depression
    Grand review
    Virginia civilians' fate