Col. James Chaplin Beecher

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James Chaplin Beecher

Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Elmira, Chemung, New York, United States
Cause of death: He accidentally or purposely shot himself.
Place of Burial: Elmira, Chemung County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Lyman Beecher and Harriet Beecher
Husband of Frances Beecher (Johnson) and Ann "Annie" Goodwin Beecher (Morse)
Father of Catharine Esther Beecher; Mary Frances Beecher and Margaret J. Beecher
Brother of Frederick Porter Beecher; Isabella Beecher Hooker; Rev. Thomas Kinnicut Beecher and Frederick William Beecher
Half brother of Catharine Esther Beecher; William Henry Beecher; Edward Beecher; Mary Perkins; George Beecher and 3 others

Occupation: Colonel of the 35th U.S. Colored Troops
Managed by: Ivy Jo Smith
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About Col. James Chaplin Beecher

Source: Stowe, L.B. Saints, Sinners and Beechers. c. 1934.

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles

Name: James Chaplin Beecher

Age at enlistment: 34

Enlistment Date: 20 Jun 1861

Rank at enlistment: Chaplain

Enlistment Place: Brooklyn, NY

State Served: New York

Survived the War?: Yes

Service Record: Commissioned an officer in Company S, New York 67th Infantry Regiment on 20 Jun 1861.

Promoted to Full Lt Colonel on 14 Oct 1862.

Mustered out on 08 Sep 1862 at Yorktown, VA.

Commissioned an officer in Company S, New York 141st Infantry Regiment on 14 Oct 1862.

Promoted to Full Lt Colonel on 18 May 1863.

Mustered out on 07 Mar 1863 at Hunter's Chapel, VA.

Commissioned an officer in Company S, U.S. Colored Troops 35th Infantry Regiment on 18 May 1863.

Promoted to Full Colonel on 09 Jun 1863.

Promoted to Brevet Brig-General on 13 Mar 1865.

Mustered out on 01 Jun 1866.

Birth Date: 8 Jan 1828

Death Date: 25 Aug 1886

Death Place: Elmira, NY

Sources: New York: Report of the Adjutant-General

Dyer: A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion

Brevet Brigadier Generals in Blue

Heitman: Register of United States Army 1789-1903

Official Army Register of the Volunteer Force 1861-1865

American Civil War General Officers 

Name: James Chaplin Beecher

State Served: New York

Highest Rank: Brigadier General

Birth Date: 1828

Death Date: 1886

Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Army: Union

Promotions: Promoted to Full Chaplain (67th NY Inf)

Promoted to Full Lt Colonel (141st NY Inf)

Promoted to Full Lt Colonel (35th UC Inf)

Promoted to Full Colonel

Promoted to Brevet Brig-Gen

1880 United States Federal Census

Name: James C. Beecher

Home in 1880: Hardenbergh, Ulster, New York

Age: 52

Estimated birth year: abt 1828

Birthplace: Massachusetts

Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head)

Spouse's name: Francis J. Beecher

Father's birthplace: Connecticut

Mother's birthplace: Maine

Occupation: Minister Of Gospel

Marital Status: Married

Race: White

Household Members: Name Age

James C. Beecher 52

Francis J. Beecher 48

Catharine E. Beecher 8

Mary F. Beecher 6

Margaret J. Beecher 6

Fanny J. Bailey 17

Henry J. Dibble 16

James Beecher (also listed as Jarvies C Beecher), died 8/25/1886 in Elmira. Age 58y, 7m, 19 days. died of gunshot - suicide. Son of Lyman & Harriet Beecher. Chaplain of the 1st L.I. Regiment of N.Y. Volunteers,(The Brooklyn Phalanx)later became Senior Captain,commanding company A.,Lieutenant Colonel 141st New York Volunteers,Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel 1st North Carolina Colored Volunteers(35th U.S.C.T.).Seaman's Chaplain to Brigadier General.

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Col. James Chaplin Beecher's Timeline

January 8, 1828
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Age 43
Saranac Lake, Franklin, New York, USA
September 15, 1873
Age 45
New York, USA
August 25, 1886
Age 58
Elmira, Chemung, New York, United States
September 15, 1983
Age 58
New York, USA
Elmira, Chemung County, New York, United States