A collection of the correspondence of
Warren D. Chase, private of Company H of the 22nd Wisconsin Infantry and a former member of
the New Lebanon ministry of the United Society of Believers of Christ's Second Appearing,
commonly known as Shakers. The majority of the letters are addressed to his wife, Mary
Frances Chase, during the years of the American Civil War.
Warren D. Chase (1827-1875), former Shaker and Civil War soldier. Warren was raised in the
Shaker community of New Lebanon, New York, where he trained as an herbalist and worked in
the community's medical department. On February 2, 1853, Chase left the Shaker community in
order to marry Mary Frances Crocker, a young woman who had also grown up in the Shaker
faith; together they had one son, Charlie. By 1861, the Chases were living in Rochester,
Racine County, Wisconsin. In September 1862, Warren enlisted in the 22nd Regiment of
Wisconsin Infantry and left for Kentucky and Tennessee.
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