Age: 23, credited to Bradford, VT
Unit(s): 12th VT INF, 39th WI INF
Service: enl 8/15/62, m/i 10/4/62, 2SGT, Co. H, 12th VT INF, pr 1SGT 3/10/63, m/o 7/14/63; comn CAPT, Co. I, 39th WI INF, 5/26/64, m/o 9/22/64, Milwaukee, WI
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Birth: 05/08/1839, Newbury, VT
Burial: Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI
Marker/Plot: Section 23
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Nadeen Sobottka
Findagrave Memorial #: 117616154
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)
Remarks: See Benedict's Army Life in Virginia
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Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI
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The Jackson Republic, February 20, 1875.
[Special Telegram.] Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 19. -- Everett Chamberlin, the well-known Chicago journalist, who was spending the winter in Florida, for the benefit of his health, died suddenly in this city to-day.
Everett Chamberlin died yesterday at Jacksonville, Fla. This announcement of the close of a brilliant career, all too brief for the fulfillment of the hopes that were its inspiration, will be received in this community with a sense of grief little moderated by the fact that it was not unexpected. The long and desperate struggle with the fatal disease is over, and death is the victor; the friends of the victim turn sadly to contemplate the life thus brought to a close.
Mr. Chamberlin was born in Newbury, Vt., in 1839, and therefore at the time of his death had not completed his thirty-fifth year. He was educated at the academy in his native town, and removed to Wisconsin when eighteen years of age. He was engaged in teaching school when the war broke out, and at once joined a volunteer regiment from his native State. Soon afterward he was commissioned as captain of the 39th Wisconsin regiment, and served in that capacity in the field for about a year. In 1864 he left the service, and commenced his real life-work as a journalist. His first engagement was on the Milwaukee Sentinel, with which paper he was connected for four years. In 1868 he came to Chicago, and attached hiself to the Evening Post. He established the "Personal and Impersonal" column of this paper, and his sparkling contributions to it gained for him a wide and enviable reputation as a paragraphist. Subsequently he was engaged as assistant editor on the Republican, the Tribune, and the Times. His service with this newspaper commenced in 1872, and terminated only when he became physically incapacitated for labor.
In addition to his continuous editorial work he contributed largely to different magazines, a department of literary work for which he was emine(n)tly adapted. and in which he met with the most promising success. The fire of 1871 furnished him the subject of his first book, which was published under the title, "Chicago and the Great Conflagration," and met with a large sale. This was followed by a political work, entitled "The Struggle of '72." His last book, "Chicago and Her Suburbs," is a work of great practical value, and is an interesting and exhaustive treatise.
These permanent works, however, do not fairly represent Mr. Chamberlin's ability, taste and acquirements, save in the respect that they give evidence of thorough and consciencious workmanship. His talents fitted him for a high order of literary work. He was clear and cogent as an editorial writer, generally brilliant, often humorous, and always pure and graceful. His information and resources were varied and extensive; he was a treless worker, and immense producer, and his heart was always with his work. He was a thorough musical critic, having an excellent knowledge of the theory of music. In the few years he was connected with the press, he won the reputation of being one of the best equipped and most accomplished journalists in the west. His endowments were such as would have insured for him a national reputation, had his life been prolonged a few years. At the time when illness compelled him to relinquish his work, his career was bright and full of promise. In his death cut off a volume of brilliant hopes and expectations.
Socially Mr. Chamberlin was an admirable man. He had marked individuality, and without apparent effort exercised great personal influence. His circle of friends was very large, and during his illness he had repeated occasion to remark the high degree of respect and esteem which they entertained for him. He was a thoroughly upright man, and his life was unblemished.
In the fall of 1873, he first noticed the syptoms of the disease, bronchial consumption, which caused his death. Having an enormous amount of work on hand, he neglected his health and the disease rapidly developed. He was finally compelled to yield to it, and acting upon medical advice, he took a trip to California, where he spent the winter of 1873-4. He returned to Chicago in the summer of the last named year, but no improvement in his health had taken place. After spending a drew months in Wisconsin and Minnesota, he went to Florida, where the struggle and chase ended yesterday.
Mr. Chamberlin leaves la widow and three young children. The remains will be taken to Milwaukee, where they will be buried in the Forest Home Cemetery.
Note: The Jackson Republic was the newspaper founded by Everett and his brother George C. Chamberlin, the first newspaper in Jackson County, MN.
Contributed by Michael Kirchmeier, Director, Jackson County (MN) Historical Society.