Welcome to our Chatfield Story Website
of a common soldier's first hand accounts--hefty,
very detailed. The Chatfield letters are safely preserved at the
old soldier home, where Chatfield died on December 3, 1924.
Twenty-year old private Edward L. Chatfield...
From August 1862 through August 1866, more than 100 Chatfield letters yield
vivid accounts of soldier life within the Western Theater:
* The Central Mississippi
* The Battle of Chickasaw Bayou
* The Battle of Arkansas Post
* The Battle of Deer Creek and Black Bayou
* The Battle and Siege of Vicksburg
* The ongoing often fatal struggle with disease
* The two marches from Memphis to "occupy" Nathan Bedford Forrest
Writing The Chatfield Story, step-by-step...
From 2005-2009 we...
*Transcribed and sequenced his letters and diaries.
*Researched the historical facts and visited
the locations of every scene.
*Drew our battle maps and prepared our photos.
* Pushed hard for a compelling
*Prepared our trail of footnotes, endnotes and references.
*Garnered the generous editorial help and
support from family and friends.
*Self-published through Booksurge/CreateSpace.
Will you be the next to self-publish your own piece of history?
How did Chatfield escape? The combined writings from Beach, Chatfield,
and several other captured soldiers held the clues.
Arguably an important collection...
Eventful history: August 1862-August 1866
Chatfieldstory.com Site Map
We transcribed all of his writings,
researched the history,
wrote the narrative,
and ultimately published
The Chatfield Story