Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Gone for Soldiers: John Chappell (About 1763 - 1828), Scout and Spy

John Chappell, my paternal four times great grandfather, would have been about 30 when he spent two weeks in the state militia, most likely as a scout* during one of Georgia's recurring skirmishes with the Creek Nation on its western border. Although President Washington was working to forge a lasting peace between the two parties, Georgia's citizens didn't support his efforts as the newspaper clipping from The Southern Sentinel and Universal Gazette shows.**

[Georgia, from the latest Authorities. 1795 W. Barker, sculp. Engraved for Carey's American Edition of Guthrie's Geography improved. Source: David Rumsey Historical Map Collection.]

[Southern Centinel, and Universal Gazette (Augusta, Georgia)   Volume: I   Issue: L   Page: 2; Thursday, May 15, 1794. This entire product and/or portions thereof are copyrighted by NewsBank and/or the American Antiquarian Society. 2004.Source:]

[Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served From 1784-1811.
Original data from: The National Archives.]

As far as I can tell, those two weeks represent the total amount of time John served in the military.

My great great grandmother Sarah Heath Hardy Warren is his granddaughter.

*There are only two records in the National Archive file. This is the first one, the other covers the week between June 12-18.
**You can read more about Washington's attempts to make peace with the Creek Nation here and here.

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