By Capt. Franklin Ellis333
From the pension-list of 1840 we learn that Isaac Breman, James Simpson, Guy Lester, Hosea Birge, Edward Loy, and Harvey Gaylord served in the Revolution The names of others are mentioned among the settlers of the town. Joshua Palmer, who died at New Concord in 1825, served three years on board the "Constitution," and rendered other naval service.
In the late civil war Chatham made a good record. A special meeting was held, July, 1864, when resolutions were passed authorizing a large bounty, whereby eighty-five men were procured to fill the call for five hundred thousand men, at a cost to the town of $43,640. The subsequent call was also promptly met. The military list of the county shows the names of all the resident soldiers in the service credited to the town in the adjutant-general's office.
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