|Birth: ||Jun. 5, 1834|
|Death: ||Sep. 22, 1916|
Stephen W. Chase, veteran of the civil war and one of the oldest and best known citizans of Fort Wayne died lastnight at his home, 1707 St. Mary's avenue, after a lingering illness.He was eighty-three years old, but in apite of his advanced years was active and retained his faculties to a remarkable degree until a year ago, when he began to fail. Death was due to the infirmities of old age and was not unexpected as his condition had been critical for the past week. Nevertheless the news cam as a shock to many in the light of a personal bereavement.
Stephen W. Chase saw the hardest kind of service in the civil war. A resident of Fort Wayne he responded in lincoln's call for volunteers by enlisting in the old Twelfth Indiana regiment, in when he served as a corporal in Company K. The young solder had misfortune to be captured three times by the confederates several rebel prisons. He was first taken prisoner at the battle of Perryville, KY., in 1863, where the union forces were defeated. Confined in a tabacco warehouse he narrowly escaped being shot by a confederate gaurd who fired a minis ball through the window. The young solder was exchanged and returned to his command, fighting through the battles of every capaign in which it participated until July 22, 1864, when in the advance on Atlanta, the regiment was captured almost entire in a desperate charge. Corporal Chase and his fellow prisoners were taken back through the southern lines into the city of Atlanta and was there given a drink of water by a little girl whose sympathies had excited. He had many to,es expressed the wish that he might see that girl again and thank her for that act of kindness to a poor hungry prisoner of war. Comrade Chase and his men endured the horrors of Andersonvill. Florence and Millen prisons where thousands died of starvation, disease and exposure. Escaping once he was recaputed and taken back to the stockade. In February 1865 many of the prisoners were taken to Wilmington, N.C., and there the young solder succeeded in making his escape after the surrender of Fort Fisher. Secreted in a culvert and hiding later in the woods and negro cabins he reached the union lines and safely on February 22, 1865. No further military services was required of him after his dreadful experiences in the southern prisons. He was discharged from the army and returned to Indiana in the spring of 1865. The date of his escapewas always a red letter day with Comrade Chase, as he entertained his fellow solders of Lawton-Wayne post in honor of that glad dat when he stood once more under the protecting folds of the Stars and Stripes.
For years he took an active part in the work of Memorial day and only relinquished his duties in the G.A.R. when failing health caused him to tender his resignation as officer of the day of Lawton-Wayne post a year ago.
Mr. Chase is survived by his wife, Mrs. Phoebe Chase, of this city.
George W Chase (1856 - 1926)*
Created by: Kristy Capatina
Record added: Dec 22, 2005
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