William H. (William Henry) Chaffee.

The Chaffee genealogy, embracing the Chafe, Chafy, Chafie, Chafey, Chafee, Chaphe, Chaffie, Chaffey, Chaffe, Chaffee descendants of Thomas Chaffe, of Hingham, Hull, Rehoboth and Swansea, Massachusets; also certain lineages from families in the United States, Canada and England, not descended from Th online

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4712 iv Wilnie Eugenia Chaffee, born January 13, 1875.

4713 V George Franklin Chaffee, born February 11, 1881.

4714 vi Clarence Edwin Chaffee, born October 18, 1882; died July 29, 1883.

2600 James Henry » Chaffee (Zephaniah ^ or Gilderoy, or Leroy, Zephaniah,®
Thomas,^ Jonathan,^ Jonathan, 3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas 1) was born in Hinckley, 0.,
June 7, 1841, and married (1) in Medina, O., March 20, 1866, Margaret, daughter
of Philip Space of Spencer, O. She died July 5, 1869, and was buried there. He
married (2) Julia L. Burdick. He was a Private in Company E, 5oth Indiana
Volunteers, during the Civil War. He has a light complexion, brown eyes, and
is five feet, seven inches in height. In 1866 he lived in Spencer and in 1893 in
Medina, where he was a farmer.

Child, by first wife:

4715 i Sophronia^ Chaffee, born June 9, 1867; died July 12, 1885; married

Owen Benton.

Children, by second wife :

4716 ii Lottie Mav Chaffee, born Februarv 24, 1871 ; married Earnest Wolcott.

4717 iii Rosa DelfChaffee, born December 8, 1873; died May 13, 1881.

4718 iv Bert Chaffee, born June 30, 1877.

4719 V Eddie Chaffee, born March 3, 1882.

4720 vi Belle Phena Chaffee, born April 23, 1886.

4721 vii Reuben Chaffee, born July 25, 1888.

2604 Charles Edwins Chaffee (Caleb Judson,^ Caleb,^ Thomas,^ Jonathan,^
Jonathan, 3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas 1) was born in Binghamton, N. Y., August 7)
1843, and died in Lowell, Ind., April 30, 1889. He married in Napoli, N. Y.,
August 4, 1865, Julia Lucinda, daughter of Justin B. Mclntyre of Villanova, N. Y-
He served as a Sergeant in the Union army during the Civil War, enlisting in
Randolph, N. Y., in September, 1861, in Company B, 9th New York Volunteer
Cavalry. He served three years and three months and was wounded twice in
Shepardstown, Va., August 25, 1864, disabling his right arm and leg. For these
injuries he received a pension. He became a member of the Grand Army of the
Republic, Post 276, Indiana Department, in December, 1883. At the age of
thirty he became a member of the IMethodist Church, of which his wife is also a
member. He had a light complexion, blue eyes, and was five feet, eleven inches
in height. In 1884 he lived in Lowell where he was a jeweler.

Children :

4722 i A child,9 died in infancy.

4723 ii Esther Adda Chaffee, born September 26, 1868; married A. V. Wickline.


4724 iii Roscoe Delmer Chaffee, born November 27, 1871.

4725 iv Hattie Frances Chaffee, born September 28, 1873; died August 1, 1875.

4726 V Rosa Belle Chaffee, born June 24, 1875.

2606 Thomas Davis Leroy « Chaffee (Caleb Judson,^ Caleb, ^ Thomas,^ Jona-
than,* Jonathan,3 Nathaniel,2 Thomas i) was born m Illinois, July 12, 1855, and
married in Nevada, Mo., March 9, 1880, Mary Maude Pool of that place. Both
are members of the Baptist Church, he having united with it at the age of twenty.
He has a dark complexion, and is five feet, four and one-half inches in height.
In 1891 they lived in Tabo, Mo.

Children :

4727 i Rillies Chaffee, born March 30, 1881.

4728 ii George Chaffee, born October 26, 1882; died October 23, 1890.

4729 iii Robert Chaffee, born October 6, 1885.

4730 iv Rosa Chaffee, born March 4, 1888.

4731 V Lizzie Chaffee, a twin, born March 4, 1888.

4732 vi Maude Chaffee, born June 25, 1891.

2612 Nathan Orlando « Chaffee (Nathan Milton,^ Caleb,^ Thomas,5 Jona-
than,* Jonathan, 3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas 1) was born in Washington, Mass., Janu-
ary 31, 1841, and married there, December 11, 1867, Sarah E., daughter of Justin
Morgan of that place. In 1884 they lived in Tolland, Mass.

Children :

4733 i George 0.9 Chaffee, born October 16, 1868.

4734 ii Lorestine Centennial Chaffee, born January 1, 1876.

2615 Edmund L.s Chaffee (Nathan Milton, ^ Caleb,^ Thomas,^ Jonathan,*
Jonathan, 3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas 1) was born April 12, 1849, and married, March 7,
1875, Sophia F. Cables, born December 17, 1853.

Children :

4735 i Amelia Rosselle 9 Chaffee, born December 20, 1875.

4736 ii Benjamin Edmund Chaffee, born July 22, 1877.

4737 iii George Henry Chaffee, born December 23, 1879.

4738 iv Jennie Orilla Chaffee, born August 19, 1881.

4739 V Frank Arthur Chaffee, born April 16, 1884.

2623 Loren Horatio s Reed (Horatio Pease ^ Reed, William ^ Reed, Han-
nah 5 Chaffee, Jonathan,* Jonathan, 3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas 1) was born in Tolland,
Conn., March 10, 1846, and married (1) there, November 5, 1867, Mary, daughter
of Alfred Lincoln of Windham County, Conn. She died November 3, 1868, and
he married (2) in Ellington, Conn., April 20, 1869, Susan, daughter of Andrew
Pinney. She was born June 5, 1850. Loren H. Reed united with the Methodist
Church at the age of thirty-two and has been Steward and Trustee in it. He has
a light complexion, bro\\Ti eyes, a kind and genial disposition, and is five feet,
two inches in height. He is a farmer and in 1892 lived in Tolland.

Child, by first wife :

4740 i Arthur Loren » Reed, born in Tolland, August 18, 1868.
Children, by second wife, born in Tolland:

4741 ii Andrew Horatio Reed, born March 29, 1870.

4742 iii Laila Eloise Reed, born August 2, 1872.

4743 iv Clayton Charles Reed, born April 20, 1877.

4744 V Raymond Pinney Reed, born January 11, 1886.

2630 Martha Ann s Chaffee (Jose,^ Jonathan, ^ William, ^ Jonathan,* Jona-


than, 3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas ') was born in Bristolville, O., October 18, 1816, and
married in Mecca, O., December 17, 1838, Samuel Davidson, a carpenter, born
in Whitehall, N. Y., January 15, 1800.

Children :

4745 i Lureiia 9 Davidson, born March 11, 1840; married John A. Chaffee

(See 4748.)

4746 ii E. O. Davidson, born November 30, 1845.

4747 iii Flora Davidson, born October 25, 1849.

2631 Joseph C.s Chaffee (Jose,^ Jonathan,^ William, ^ Jonathan,* Jonathan, '
Nathaniel, 2 Thomas i) was born in Bristolville, O., July 6, 1818, and married in
Mecca, O., December 24, 1838, Wealtha, daughter of John Cook of Freehold,
N. Y. In 1883 they lived in Mecca, where Mr. Chaffee was a farmer.

Children, born in Mecca:
+ 4748 i John A.s Chaffee, born September 26, 1839; married Lurena David-
son (4745).

4749 ii Ann Eliza Chaffee, born May 15, 1841 ; married Jackson.

4750 iii James Chaffee, born September 8, 1843; served in the Civil War three

years, in the 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry as Corporal; wounded
in CuliDeper, Va.

2638 Mary Charlotte » Chaffee (Billings,^ Jonathan, « William, s Jonathan,*
Jonathan, 3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas 1) was born June 8, 1817, and died December 21,
1846. She married Thomas J. Holmes. She was buried in Peninsula, O.

Children :

4751 i William Thomas » Holmes, married Ada Inskip; residence, 1883, Brook-

lyn, la.

4752 ii Charles Holmes, died young.

4753 iii Lewis Holmes, died young.

2639 Luna Maria » Chaffee (Billings, ^ Jonathan, ^ William, ^ Jonathan,* Jona-
than, 3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas 1) was born January 9, 1820, and died January 19,
1849. She married William Barnhart. She was buried in Boston, 0.

Children :

4754 i Laura 9 Barnhart, married Samuel Perry; residence, 1883, Columbus,


4755 ii Henry Barnhart, married Cornelia Cole; residence, 1883, Columbus.

4756 iii Helen Barnhart, married Augustus Curtis; residence, 1883, Columbus.

4757 iv Mary Barnhart, married Lester Crittenden; residence, 1883, Columbus.

2642 Almerin Billings s Chaffee (Billings,^ Jonathan, e William,^ Jonathan,*
Jonathan, 3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas i) was born in Simsbury, Conn., August 7, 1826,
and married in Boston, O., February 2, 1848, Mary Ann, daughter of Thomas
McDaniel of Lubeck, Me., where she was born February 11, 1827. At the time
of her marriage she lived in Richfield, 0. She died in Hinckley, O., Novem-
ber 2, 1882. Mr. Chaffee in 1859 went to Pike's Peak with his brother, Orson,
in search of gold. In 1883 he lived in Hinckley, where he was a farmer.

Children :

4758 i Almerin Eugene 9 Chaffee, born December 28, 1848; died July 24, 1849.

4759 ii Wilbur Chaffee, born February 18, 1852; died September 11, 1852.

4760 iii Marv Eunice Chaffee, born July 3, 1853; married O. T. I\Ieade, and in

"l883 had three children.

4761 iv George Billings Chaffee, born October 17, 1854; married Ida Smith,

and in 1S83 had one son.


4762 V Frank Thomas Chaffee, born January 16, 1857; died August 10, 1860.

4763 vi Almerin Bilhngs Chaffee, Jr., born June 4, 1858; died August 30, 1860.

4764 vii James Edward Chaffee, born in Iowa, June 9, 1860.

4765 viii Jane Ehzabeth Chaffee, a twin, born in Iowa, June 9, 1860.

4766 ix Orson Arthur Chaffee, born May 11, 1862.

4767 X Anna Bell Chaffee, born May 9, 1864.

4768 xi Sherman Tecumseh Chaffee, born January 29, 1866.

4769 xii Wilbur McDaniel Chaffee, born June 10, 1868.

2643 Orson Alpheus » Chaffee (Billings, ^ Jonathan, « William, 5 Jonathan,*
Jonathan, 3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas 1) was born in Simsburj^, Conn., July 9, 1829,
and died in Denver, Colo., October 15, 1859. He married (1) Frances Buell, who
died October 16, 1847. He married (2) Ruby M., daughter of John Reese of
Cuyhoga Falls, O. After ]\Ir. Chaffee's death his widow married (2) William
Sheffield, and in 1883 was living in Cleveland, O. In 1859 Mr. Chaffee went with
his brother, Almerin B. Chaffee (2642), to Pike's Peak in search of gold. He
died on this expedition and was buried in Denver. He was a salesman.

Child, by first wife :

4770 i A child,9 died in infancy.
Children, by second wife :

4771 ii Ernest Reese, born in Mogadore, 0., October 30, 1851 ; married, March 23,

1880, Matilda, daughter of Frank Altmann of New Baltimore,
Mich.; residence, 1883, Cleveland.
Two other children, names unknown.

2647 Justina C.s Chaffee (Henry Farnham,^ Jonathan,^ William,^ Jonathan, •»
Jonathan, 3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas 1), married m Bristol, O., August 18, 1868, Arthur
E. Fenton, born there August 21, 1843. He is a farmer, and in 1887 lived in
Amenia, N. D.

Child :

4772 i E. Lavergne » Fenton, born October 24, 1874.

2649 Sydney Alvares » Chaffee (Truman Bibbins,^ Jonathan, « William, s Jona-
than,* Jonathan, 3 Nathaniel,2 Thomas 1) was born in Bristol, 0., August 2, 1830,
and died in Indiana, June 6, 1860. He married, October 11, 1855, Nancy Jane
Maxwell of Crawfordsville, Ind. She died in Rensselaer, Ind., June 15, 1860,
surviving her husband only nine days. Both died of consumption. Mr. Chaffee
was a member of the Methodist Church. He was a school teacher.

Children :

4773 i Graces Chaffee, born in Orwell, 0., in November, 1856; died of lung

fever, in February, 1857.

4774 ii Winona Chaffee, born in Rensselaer, in February, 1859; married.

2652 Sherburne Howards Chaffee (Truman Bibbins,^ Jonathan,6 William,^
Jonathan,* Jonathan, 3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas was born in Bristol, O., July 15,
1837, and married in Cortland, O., March 10, 1868, Esther S., daughter of Franklin
Hayes, of Fowler, O. Mr. Chaffee fought in the Civil AYar, enlisting in the 6th
Ohio Cavalry in 1861. He re-enlisted in 1864, and was discharged in 1865. In
1862 he was captured and confined in Libby Prison. In 1886 he was li\'ing in
Greensburgh, 0., where he was a farmer.

Children :

4775 i Oren Dewitt » Chaffee, born in Coshocton, 0., March 2, 1869.


4776 ii Abbie Grace Chaffee, born in Vernon, O., March 26, 1871.

4777 iii Thcda Aramenia Chaffee, born in Green, O., July 14, 1878.

2654 Adna Romanza s Chaffee (Truman Bibbins,^ Jonathan, ^ Winiam,^ Jona-
than,* Jonatluui,^ Nathaniel,- Thomas i) was born in Orwell, O., April 14, 1842.
and married (1) in Austin, Tex., September 19, 1867, Mrs. Kate (Hanie) Reynolds,
widow of Captain Reynolds of the United States army and daughter of Doctor
S. M. Hanie of Austin. She died in 1869, and was buried in Austin. He married
(2) in Junction City, Kan., March 30, 1875, Annie Frances, daughter of George
Rockwell of that place.

Adna R. Chaffee was born on his father's farm in Ohio and as a lad in his 'teens
worked on it, being an expert plougher for a boy of his age, and doing every task
that was given him with a thoroughness and energy which has characterized his
entire career. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in Warren, 0., July 22,
1861, as a Private in the regular army. Company K, 6th Cavalry, which regiment
had just been organized, and which, as the advance guard, was to lead the army
of the Potomac under McClellan from Yorktown up the Peninsula to the battle-
fields around Richmond. In October of that year was made Sergeant and later
First Sergeant. During this time he was engaged in the Battle of Williamsburg,
action of Statesville, Battles of Mechanicsville, Hanover Court-House and Malvern
Hill, actions of Sugar Loaf Mountain, Philamount, Uniontown, Upperville, Bar-
bers Cross-Roads, Battle of Fredericsburg and General Stoneman's raid of April,
1863. He was discharged as First Sergeant, May 12, 1863, to enable him to accept
an appointment as Second Lieutenant. He was assigned to Troop I, 6th Cavalry,
but was frequently detached for duty with other troops of the regiment, as the
interests of the service required. He was engaged in the actions of Beverly Ford,
Fairfield, Pa., July 3, 1863, in which he was severely wounded, Battle of Brandy
Station, Va., October 12, 1863, in which he was again wounded, action of Todd's
Tavern, in General Sheridan's raid and in the actions of Yellow Tavern, Salem
Church, Battles of Trevillian Station, Deep Bottom, Winchester, Fisher's Hill,
and Cedar Creek. He was brevetted First Lieutenant "for gallant and meri-
torious services in the Gettysburg campaign." He was regimental adjutant
from November, 1864 to 1866, and was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant,
March 13, 1865. He engaged in the Battle of Dinwiddle Court-House, for gallant
and meritorious services in which he was brevetted Captain, Five Forks, Sailors
Creek, and the surrender of General Lee. From 1866 to October 12, 1867, he was
Quartermaster, when he was promoted to the rank of Captain, and assigned to
Troop I, 6th Cavalry, For more than twenty years as Captain he served at posts
in Texas, Kansas, Mississippi, again in Kansas, Indian Territory, Arizona and
New Mexico. His campaigns against the Indians were numerous and markedly
successful, gaining for him on March 7, 1868, the brevet rank of Major "for gallant
and efficient services in the engagement with the Comanche Indians at Paint
Creek, Tex.," and that of Lieutenant-Colonel on February 27, 1890, "for gallant
service in leading a cavalry charge over rough and precipitous bluffs held by the
Indians on the Red River, Texas, August 30, 1874, and gallant service in action
against the Indians at Big Dry Wash, Arizona, July 17, 1882." July 8, 1888, he
was promoted to the rank of Major and assigned to the 9th Cavalry, joining his
regiment which was stationed at Fort Duchesne, in September of that year. He
held command of Fort Duchesne until about October 1, 1890, when he entered


upon duty as Inspector General for a period of four years, at the Headquarters
of General Alexander McD. McCook, commanding the Department of Arizona,
Los Angeles, Cal. The headquarters were transferred to Denver, Colo., in July,
1893, and on being relieved from duty as Inspector General, in October, 1894,
he rejoined his regiment, stationed at Fort Robinson, Neb., and served thereat
until August, 1896, when he reported as instructor of Cavalry at the Infantry
and Cavalry School at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He was promoted to the rank
of Lieutenant-Colonel, 3rd Cavalry, June 1, 1897. He was relieved as Instructor
at the Infantry and Cavalry School, Fort Riley, Kan., in August, 1897. On the
outbreak of the war with Spain, operations were suspended at all the service
schools, the army being quickly assembled at points in the southern states for
embarkation to Cuba. Lieutenant-Colonel Chaffee joined his regiment at 'Chica-
mauga Park, Ga., April 2, 1898, and on May 4th he was appointed Brigadier-
General of Volunteers. He was ordered to report for duty to ]\Iajor-General
Shafter, commanding the 5th Army Corps, at Tampa, Fla., and after some tem-
porary assignments he was given command of the 3d Brigade, 2d Division, com-
posed of the 7th, 12th and 17th regiments of Infantry. The troops composing
this Brigade were first of the Fifth Corps to go aboard ship at Port Tampa, and
loaded three ships, Cherokee, Iroquois and D. H. Miller. The Second Division,
General Lawton commanding, landed at Banquiri, on the south coast of Cuba,
about twenty-five miles east of Santiago, June 21, 1898, and led in the march to
that city. General Chaffee received the highest praise for the reconnoissance
he made previous to the Battle of El Caney. Of all the experienced officers in
authority during this time, he was the only one who saw and acted upon the
necessity of reconnoitering. Captain Arthur H. Lee, British Military Attache,
who was sent over by his Government to view the Cuban campaign, spoke of this
as follows:

" The strong post had been carefully reconnoitered by Brigadier-General Chaffee
in person on June 28th and 29th, and he had submitted a plan of attack which
was carried out almost to the letter.

" I feel it only just at this point to mention that however novel the absence of
reconnoissance in other directions, nothing could have been more enterprising
or systematic than General Chaffee's explorations of his own field of operations.
I had the pleasure of accompanying him on more than one occasion, and derived
much profit from a study of his methods.

" Leaving his staff behind, he would push far to the front, and finally, dismount-
ing, slip through the brush with the rapidity and noiselessness of an Indian. . . .
On one occasion we approached so close to the Spanish pickets that we could hear
the men talking over their suppers, and until I began to speculate on the probable
efficacy of the British passport that was my sole defensive weapon. In this silent
Indian fashion General Chaffee explored the entire district, and was the only man
in the Army to whom the network of bridle-paths around El Caney was in any
sense familiar."

Senator Lodge in his book on the Cuban campaign says on this point :

"There does not appear to have been any reconnoitering done at all except by
General Chaffee, who, with the skill and coolness of an experienced Indian fighter,
explored the ground in front of his command thoroughly, even to the Spanish
lines at El Caney."

It is said that the only map of the locality in the possession of the general com-
manding the American forces was one drawn by General Chaffee from his personal


General Chaffee's brigade attacked the strong Spanish position of El Caney
at half past seven o'clock on the morning of July 1st. The enemy, about eight
hundred to a thousand strong, were posted in six blockhouses, and in the build-
ings of the town, which were constructed of brick and stone, the walls prepared
for fire by infantry. General Lawton's Brigade also assisted in the attack, but
the brunt of the fighting fell on that of General Chaffee. After eight hours of
fighting the Spanish troops were thoroughly defeated and the town taken. The
killed and wounded of General Chaffee's Brigade, the Third, exceeded ten per cent
of its strength. The Spanish forces at and in the vicinity of Santiago surrendered
July 17th. Many incidents are related of General Chaffee during this battle.
One, by Colonel Lee, is as follows:

" Wishing to see how they (the 7th Infantry) were faring I crawled through the
hedge into the field beyond, and incidentally into such a hot corner that I readily
compHed with Gen. Chaffee's abrupt injunction, 'Get down on your stomach,
sir.' Indeed I was distinctly grateful for his advice, but could not fail to notice
that he was regardless of it himself. Wherever the fire was thickest he strolled
about unconcernedly, a half-smoked cigar between his teeth, and an expression
of exceeding grimness on his face. The situation was a trying one for the nerves
of the oldest soldier, and some of the younger hands fell back from the firing-line
and crept toward the road. In a moment the General pounced upon them, in-
quiring their destination in low, unhonied accents, and then taking them per-
suasively by the elbow, led them back to the extreme front, and having deposited
them in the firing line stood over them while he distributed a few last words of
pungent and sulphurous advice. Throughout the day he set the most inspiring
example to his men, and that he escaped unhurt was a miracle. One bullet clipped
a button off his coat, another passed under his shoulder strap, but neither touched
him and there must be some truth in the old adage that fortune favors the brave."

Another is as follows:

"General Chaffee saw one of his soldiers skulking behind a bush that could
have afforded no shelter from even a pebble.

" 'See here, my man,' said he going up to the soldier and exposing himself at
full height to the hail of bullets, ' what do you mean by this? '

" 'I'm — I'm afraid,' chattered the man with the gun.

" 'Afraid!' stormed Chaffee, 'Why — ' Here he stopped. The man was only
a boy.

" ' I'd like to get hold of the man who enlisted you! You're too young. You've
no business here.' Then, after a moment, 'Come out with me and I'll stand by
you for a while.'

"Together the general and the private went out further on the firing line.

" 'Now lie down here,' said Chaffee, indicating a spot, 'and aim carefully and
fire,' himself standing to the rear, straight as a rifle barrel, a shining mark for
death. The boy recovered his composure and together they stayed until the boy
got his grip. That's the kind of a man Chaffee is and his men know it."

It was in this battle that General Chaffee earned his picturesque sobriquet
"The Man in Shirt Sleeves," one of the surviving Spanish officers after El Caney
having said:

" I have never seen anything to equal the courage and dash of those Americans,
who, stripped to the waist and led by the man in shirt sleeves were offering their
naked breasts to our murderous fire, literally throwing themselves on our trenches
on the very muzzle of our guns."

After the battle General Lawton said of him :

" I consider General Chaffee one of the best practical soldiers and I shall recom-
mend him for special distinction for successfully charging the stone fort, the cap-
ture of which practically ended the battle."


This General Lawton did, and on July 8th General Chaffee was promoted to
the rank of ]\Iajor-General of Volunteers.

Wounded men in the military hospital at Montauk Point, Long Island, spoke
glowingly of him, saying, "When he was wounded at Santiago he never left the
field, but kept right on afoot, in great suffering, but more intent on the fighting
than he was on the wound. He was always at the front, and his presence was an
incentive to the men of his brigade." This wound was from a rifle bullet and
was in his foot.

After the Santiago campaign General Chaffee was assigned to command the
First Division of the Fourth Army Corps, with headquarters at Huntsville, Ala.,
but upon the assignment of iMajor-General Brooke to command the Division of
Cuba he recjuested General Chaffee's assignment as Chief of Staff for his com-
mand, and he arrived in Havana, Cuba, December 25, 1898. On duty as Chief
of Staff to the commanding General of the Division of Cuba mitil May, 1900,
he returned to the United States to await further orders of the War Department.
Due to a material reduction of volunteer troops in 1899 he was mustered out as
Major-General September 13th, and appointed Brigadier-General of Volunteers
the same day. June 20th he was summoned by telegraph to report to Honorable
Elihu Root, Secretary of War, at Hamilton College, Clinton, N. Y. At the time
disquieting reports were being received almost daily from Peking, China, to the
effect that the lives of foreign representatives in Peking and elsewhere in the
Chinese Empire were endangered by the hostility of "Boxers" and Chinese troops,
and it seemed necessary to take immediate steps for their protection. The Secre-
tary of War informed General Chaffee of his wish that he proceed to Peking;
that he take passage on the transport Grant, scheduled to sail from San Fran-
cisco July 1st and report arrival at Nagasaki, Japan, for further orders. Leaving
Washington the afternoon of June 24th with his aide-de-camp, he arrived in
Oakland, Cal., at five o'clock on the afternoon of July 1st. A tugboat held in
waiting conveyed him to the Grant, which sailed immediately. About fifteen

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