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
Five years to writeThe Chatfield Story
The 2005-2009 Process
*Transcribe and sequence
the letters and diaries.
the historical facts for every scene.
the location of every scene.
*Construct GOOD MAPS
, prepare photos.
*Write a compelling narrative.
all facts and findings.
*Solicit feedback, edit, re-edit
, and re-edit again.
*Appreciate the GOOD
How did Chatfield escape? The combined writings of Beach, Chatfield,
and several others 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