Stephen Gardner Champlin

Stephen Gardner Champlin was born in Kingston, New York, July 1, 1827. After an early education in the common schools of the neighborhood, he attended Rhinebeck Academy, studied law, and in 1850 began a practice in Albany. Three years later he removed to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here he was successively judge of the recorder's court and prosecuting attorney of Kent County. On June 10, 1861, he was mustered into Federal service as major of the 3rd Michigan Infantry (one of two regiments so designated), which was organized at Grand Rapids to serve three years. Champlin was commissioned colonel of the unit on October 22, 1861. Meanwhile, he was commended by General George B. McClellan for his dispositions in a minor affair at Bailey's Corners, Virginia. During the Peninsular campaign in the spring of 1862, Champlin received a wound in the hip, "considered not dangerous, though severe," at the battle of Seven Pines. He was highly commended here by his superior Philip Kearny and by his brigade commander General Hiram G. Berry. During the campaign of Second Manassas Champlin returned to duty too soon: according to General O. M. Poe, "his wounds from Fair Oaks (Seven Pines) broke out afresh and he is now completely prostrated." Kearny's report of the battle, prepared but unsigned when he died the following day at Chantilly, again commended Champlin, whom he described as "disabled." Thereafter Champlin was placed in charge of the recruiting office in Grand Rapids and was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers to rank from November 29, 1862. He died from the effects of his wounds on January 24, 1864, in Grand Rapids, and was buried there in Fulton Street Cemetery.

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Reference:  Generals in Blue.  Lives of the Union Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Louisiana State University Press.  Baton Rouge.