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CHAMPLIN, Stephen Gardner, soldier, born in Kingston, New York, 1 July, 1827 ; died in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 24 January, 1864. He was educated in the common schools, and at Rhinebeck academy, 57. Y., studied law, and admitted to the bar in Albany in 1850. He removed to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1853, where he became judge of the recorder's court and prosecuting attorney of Kent County He entered the army in 1861, as major in the 3d Michigan infantry, and became its colonel on 22 October Among the battles in which he took part were Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Groveton, and Antietam. He received at Fair Oaks a severe wound, which prevented him from seeing active service after his promotion to the rank of brigadier-general, 29 November, 1862, and he was placed on detached duty in command of the recruiting-station at Grand Rapids, dying in the service, front the effects of his wound.
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