|Name: Charles E. Chapel
Veteran; promoted Corporal; discharged for disability; wounded; lost an arm in siege of Spanish Fort.
|It becoming soon apparent that
the Indians were in large enough force to maintain a continuous siege
if so disposed, and that all the artillery ammunition was likely to be
required, it was decided to remove at once into the stone buildings,
from the log magazine, the ammunition remaining there, consisting
principally of the supply for the extra field-pieces. The magazine
stood on the open prairie to the northwest and distant from the stone
barracks some two hundred yards, the one quarter from which the Indians
could not approach under cover. McGrew now took position so as to
command any locality from which men detailed for this duty could be
reached by the enemy, and the ammunition was all safely brought in.
Among those who assisted in this
venture were two young soldiers of Company C, Charles
E. Chapel and Charles A. Rose. The paymaster, C. G.
Wykoff, and his guard of four men from St. Paul, also assisted. [The History of Renville County, Minnesota,
Volume 1, pp. 626-627]
|Much of the ammunition belonging
to the post was stored in a log magazine on the open prairie to the
northwest and distant some 200 yards from the commissary building. It
was determined to bring the supply in and two young soldiers of Company
C, Charles E. Chapel and Charles A.
Rose, were detailed for the service. They accomplished their work under
a constant fire from the Indians and did not falter until all the
ammunition was safely brought in. [p. 335]
|The construction of these approaches
was very arduous and dangerous duty. Many a poor fellow literally dug
his own grave while prosecuting this work. Sharpshooters from behind
the rebel works were constantly busy, and the enemy's mortars and
artillery frequently deposited shell that exploded in the trenches. [Minnesota
in the Civil and Indian Wars, Vol. 1, p. 279]