Edward Livingston Chatfield was born to Nathan Chatfield and Margaret Chatfield in Middleton, Ohio, in 1842. He was the eldest
of seven children: David A. Chatfield (1845-1864); William Chatfield (1847-1925); Isaac Newton Chatfield (1849-1926); James
Chatfield (1851-1919); Charles Chatfield (1855-1891); and Mary Chatfield (1859-1925). In 1860 the family moved to Kankakee,
Illinois, where Nathan Chatfield had purchased a large farm. Edward Chatfield enlisted in August 1862 and was sent to Camp
Hancock in Chicago. In October 1862, Chatfield was mustered into Company “B” of the 113th Illinois Infantry. They were ordered
to Cairo, Illinois, November 6, 1862. During his time in the army, Chatfield traveled through and saw action in the Western
Theater of the war including Memphis, Holly Springs, Chicasaw Bayou, Vicksburg, Corinth and others. Chatfield was taken prisoner
in June 1864 and was sent to Andersonville prison. He was later sent to the prison at Camp Lawton and the Florence Stockade.
Chatfield escaped while being transported on February 21st. He arrived in Annapolis, Maryland in early March and by early
April he was with his Grandmother in Ohio. Chatfield was mustered out June 20, 1865 in Memphis.
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