|Rufus Chamberlain Sr. (also spelled Chamberlin) was mortally wounded at the|
Battle of Antietam. He is buried at Hillside Cemetery in Stafford, Conn.
Chamberlain's leg was amputated in mid-October 1862, and he died at Smoketown on Oct. 21. Rufus Jr. tended to his father for part of the time at the hospital and likely watched him die there. Rufus Sr. was buried at Smoketown and later distinterred and returned to Stafford, Conn., for re-burial.
I have written about him, but Saturday afternoon's trip to Hillside Cemetery in Stafford, Conn., was my first visit to Chamberlain's grave. His final resting place is next to his wife, Amanda, who died on Oct. 9, 1876. The aptly named cemetery -- it slopes fairly steeply -- is next to the Stafford landfill. An American flag adorns Chamberlain's grave, a nice tribute to a fallen hero.