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Chapman A. Flake Biography and Pension Records

by Carroll L. Hughes


Chapman A. (L.) Flake Short Biography

Chapman A. Flake was born on January 25, 1818 and was an early pioneer of Franklin County, Alabama.

He was a strong Union man and joined Company E, 64th Illinois Volunteer Infantry at Iuka, Mississippi, on September 11, 1862. His date of muster was July 10, 1863 and he re-enlisted as a Veteran on January 9, 1864. He mustered out of Union armies on May 31st, 1865.

He returned to Franklin County, Alabama, after the War and was severely limited in his activities because of contracting a severe lung disease while in the army. It was described in one of his wife’s affidavits as consumption (tuberculosis).

He died on February 6, 1873 and is buried at the abandoned Frankfort Cemetery, Franklin County, Alabama. (location is from the Annals of Northwest Alabama, compiled by Carl Elliott, 2nd Ed., 1965, The American Southern Publishing Company, Northport, Alabama, page 227). No picture of tombstone was available.


War Department,

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, April 28, 1883.

Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions.

Chapman A. Flake, a Private of Company E, 64th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, was enrolled on the 11th day of September, 1862, at Iuka, Illinois [actually Mississippi] for 3 years and is reported: From enrollment to December 31, 1863. Present Roll for January and February 1864: On Detached Service Subsequent Rolls to August 31, 1864. Present Roll for September and October 1864 Absent Sick since October 4, 1864 so borne to February 1865. Roll for March and April 1865 Present. Mustered Out on Detachment. Muster Out Roll at Washington, D.C. May 31, 1865 under orders from War Department dated May 18, 1865.

Nature of Sickness not stated.

Regimental Hospital records not on file.

[Illegible Name]
Assistant Adjutant General.

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Russellville, Alabama-January 31st 1884

Hon. O.P.G. Clarke, Acting Comm. of Pension Bureau

Dear Sir,

Your official document of 17th came to hand in regard to the pension case of Mrs. Nancy Flake no. 295074. I would have attended to it before now, but the weather has been extremely bad, and Mrs. Flake lives 10 or 12 miles northwest from here. I send you such testimony as we could obtain and would have obtained the certificate of the Probate Judge and had the affidavits stamped with the county Seal if necessary. I send you two letters from the regimental Surgeons which you can see for yourself. I addressed four Surgeons and promptly and kindly received replies from two of them. You will see at once therefore it is almost or quite impossible to obtain medical evidence of the condition of Chapman A. L. Flake's health at the time of his discharge. At the time that Flake was discharged, his family, Mrs. Flake informs me, were living in Decatur, Illinois. Flake was discharged in Washington, went from there to Springfield, Ill., and from there to his family. Of this fact we can get evidence but not medical. That you may realize the nature of the difficulties under which the widow Flake labors in this case, I will State that after the rebellion of the Southern States got under headway, the furor of Secession run high. The land was filled with vigilante committees, and there was any amount of vile threats with proscription and intimidation. Consequently, it became unsafe and impossible for union men and families to stay here. And therefore, Chapman A. L. Flake, Henry F. Richard, and W. F. Richard his close neighbors men who were born and raised here with many others left and enlisted in the Army with Strangers who do not live in this State. If the Hon. Commissioner of the Pension Bureau wants any evidence in respect to the character of any of the witnesses in this case as to anyone or all of them they can get any amount of it by addressing respectable persons either in this County of Colbert. So any one is not selected who is poisoned with political animosity. The reason why I have this matter in hand is because the widow requested me to attend to it for her believing that I was a suitable person because I was well acquainted with her husband and saw him when he was sick to just before he died. I have no pecuniary interest in the case; have never attended to a case of this kind before, and am certain I never will again. Mrs. Flake, the widow of Chapman A. L. Flake is a woman of good character, has no children to depend upon for a living, is very poor and has no means whatever with the exception of a little, poor, worn out, gravelly hill side place.

Very Respectfully,

(Signed) Daniel M. Sevier, M.D.

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War Department,

Adjutant General's Office,

Washington, August 26, 1884

Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions.

Chapman A. Flak [sic], a Private of Company E, 64th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers [remainder deleted.]

As evidence of alleged disability, Regimental Hospital Register shows him admitted to Hospital July 13, 1863 with "Diarrhoea [sic]," August 18, 1863. Returned to duty, September 20, 1864 with "Debility" October 3, 1864. Sent to General Hospital, (Date of return to duty not stated). Company Return [of] October 1864 shows him "Absent, sick, in Atlanta since October 1, 1864."

Name not borne on Company Morning Reports commencing May 1, 1865, as sick.

(Signed) A. D. Greene [?]
Assistant Adjutant General

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