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Chamberlin, Preston S.

Age: 28, credited to Bradford, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 12th VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, SGT, Co. D, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; comn CPT, Co. H, 12th VT INF, 9/22/62 (10/2/62), m/o 7/14/63

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Birth: 11/28/1832, Newbury, VT
Death: 04/27/1916

Burial: Upper Plain Cemetery, Bradford, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bob Hackett
Findagrave Memorial #: 95771940
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, Death date/location; Widow, 6/03/1916
Portrait?: VHS off-site
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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Chamberlin, Preston S., of Bradford, son of Abner and Mary (Haseltine) Chamberlin, was born in Newbury, Nov. 28, 1832.

Educated in the common schools and at Newbury Seminary, he remained on his father's farm until the age of twenty-one, when he removed to the town of Bradford, where he has since resided.

He is a Republican and has been elected to fill several town offices and in 1890 represented his town in the Legislature. A trustee of Bradford Academy for fifteen years, he is strongly interested in the cause of education.

Mr. Chamberlin enlisted in the United States service in May 1861, under the first call of President Lincoln, being a member of the Bradford Guards. For the first two months of the war, he served as sergeant in Co. D, 1st Vt. Vols. Upon the call for nine months' men in 1862, he enlisted in the 12th Regt. and went out as captain of Co. H, (Bradford Guards) and was mustered out with the regiment. Captain Chamberlin was a charter member of Washburn Post, G. A. R, No. 17, and for several years its Commander.

He married Hannah S., daughter of George W. and Rebecca (Mussey) Corliss of Bradford, Jan. 17, 1856. They have three daughters: Annie (wife of C. E. Spalding), Mary H. (wife of George R. Grant), and Edith Julia.

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, p. 67.


Civil War Veteran and ex-Representative from Bradford.

Captain Preston S. Chamberlin of Bradford, who died in that town Thursday in his 84th year, was a veteran of the Civil war, having entered the service as first sergeant of Company D, First Vermont Volunteers, on the first call in 1861. He afterward went out as captain of Company H, 12th Vermont Volunteers.

He was born in Newbury on Nov. 28, 1832, and married Hannah S. Corliss at Bradford on Jan. 17, 1856. The 60th anniversary of their marriage was celebrated at Bradford last January.

Captain Chamberlin had served the town of Bradford in several official capacities, representing it in the legislature in the session of 1890. He had been commander of the Grand Army post in Bradford. He is survived by Mrs. Chamberlin and by Mrs. George Grant and Miss Edith J. Chamberlin.

Vermont Phoenix May 5, 1916


Town Has Lost by Death Capt. P.S. Chamberlain and G.W. Hartwell.

The funeral of Capt. Preston S. Chamberlain, whose death occurred Thursday, April 27, was held at his late home the following Saturday, the house being filled with relatives and friends of the deceased. Rev. A.R. Crewe officiated. Mr. Chamberlain was born in Newbury nearly 84 years ago. He was married to Hannah S. Corliss at Bradford, Jan. 17, 1856. He had lived in Bradford since his marriage and has served the town as lister, selectman, and auditor and represented it in the legislature in 1890. He was a veteran of the Civil war. For a number of years, he drove the upper plain school team and by his pleasant disposition and kind words endeared himself to the scholars some of whom are now grown up and some are still in school. He leaves a wife and three daughters, Mrs. Annie Spaulding, who lives at home, Mrs. G.R. Grant of Bennington, and Miss Edith Chamberlain of Vergennes; two grandchildren and a great-grandchild; also a brother and a sister, neither of whom reside here.

Barre Daily Times, May 10, 1916
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.