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Chapin, Charles E. - Sgt
Sergeant Chapin of the Second Dead at Camp Wikoff.
Word was received Tuesday in Boston of the death at Camp Wikoff of Sergt. Charles E. Chapin, 23, Company L, Second Massachusetts. Malarial fever, contracted in Cuba, which his weakened condition could not resist, was the cause of death. It is another instance of the loss of a brave man, who offered his life for his country's service in war, who fought gallantly in battle but could not withstand the terrible exposure and lack of proper nourishment to which the troops were subjected.
Sergt. Chapin had been a member of the Second Massachusetts for two years, being mustered in as Corporal, to which rank he had risen, and receiving later promotion to Sergeant. He went with the regiment to Cuba, participated in the battle of Caney and escaped injury in action. After the battle he contracted malaria, which, on account of lack of proper medicines and treatment, assumed a very severe form. He rallied slowly and remained extremely weak. The hospital was reserved for men in a more critical condition, and he slept out of doors. He was considered strong enough to be taken aboard the Mobile and carried to Montauk Point. In his weak state he could not eat the rough fare provided aboard the transport. On his arrival at Camp Wikoff he was ordered to the detention camp and thence to the hospital. He did not have sufficient vitality then to rally.
He leaves a wife and two small children in Turners Falls and a mother, Mrs. M. B. Chapin, who lives with her son-in-law, John E. Pember, in Somerville. The burial will be in the family lit at Sergt. Chapin's birthplace, Bernardston, Mass.
Boston Journal, Boston, MA 31 Aug 1898