|Birth: ||Jul. 7, 1847|
|Death: ||Sep. 19, 1949|
GAR Civil War Veteran. Company D, New York 10th Infantry.
Los Angeles Times
September 21, 1949
Time Runs Out for GAR Vice-Comdr. Chappel
Death came yesterday to Charles L. Chappel, 102, soldier in the Grand Army of the Republic, almost in time to grant him a final wish - to die with his boots on.
The Commander of the three-man Stanton Post 55, the GAR's largest, refused to go to a hospital late Monday when stricken with a heart attack at his Long Beach home. After a second attack several hours later, he became unconscious and was taken to the Naval Hospital where he died yesterday.
Flew from Encampment
Only a few days earlier Long Beach residents had seen him scooting about the streets in his electric three-wheeler. And Sept. 2 he had flown back from the GAR's last encampment in Indianapolis.
There Vice-Comdr. Chappel's chief hope, to be its National Commander, was shattered when the six delegates voted it the last encampment. But he put up a gallant fight for the cause. He asked Comdr. Theodore Penland, 100, of Portland, Ore., to let him hold the gavel a minute and thus symbolically closed his career as the delegate who always flew back to the encampments.
Two Members Left
The two Stanton Post members left, who thus are the last men in the Last Man's Club, are Douglas Storey, 104, and William Magee, 105. They have been unable to attend post sessions for some time. In 1935 the club's 44 members swore that the last survivor of the group would drink a toast to his departed comrades in salute.
Mr. Chappel, who was 102 on July 7, was also Commander of the California-Nevada Department of the GAR. At the departments 82nd encampment at San Diego last April, only five GAR members were reported surviving in California and Nevada.
More than 2000 persons attended Mr. Chappel's 100th birthday party in Bixby Park, Long Beach, in 1947.
At 17, Chappel enlisted in Company B, 10th New York Infantry, as a private and as a private he stood picket duty at Appomattox Courthouse April 9, 1865, when Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered.
Mr. Chappel's only close surviving relative is a niece, May Mollie Chappel, who lives at 1117 Stanley Avenue, Long Beach. There Mr. Chappel was puttering around the yard until a few days ago, determined to die with his boots on.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday in the Veteran's Memorial Building, Long Beach, with the Rev. George F. Tinsley, pastor of the Eastside Christian Church, officiating. The William McKinley Camp 23, United Spanish-American War Veterans, is in charge.
Graveside services will be conducted in the Westminster Memorial Park Cemetery, Orange County, with the Sons of Union Veterans in charge. Taps will be sounded and a rifle squad composed of members of the Army and Navy Union, of which Chappel was a life member, will fire a final volley.
With gratitude to Paul Gillette [firstname.lastname@example.org] and the Civil War Roundtable Orange County Civil War Graves Registration Project.
Pvt Co. D 10th N.Y. Vols.
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