Chauncey enlisted on 29 June 1861 for a three year hitch in Company C, Second Regiment Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. At the time of his enlistment, he was described as six feet tall with light eyes and complexion and dark hair. His occupation was farmer. He died, a private, in the hospital at Drivers House near Corinth, Mississippi, of typhoid fever. His widow, Olive, remarried to James W. Smith on 20 September 1868. This was apparently in Minnesota where her parents lived. Chauncey's father, Thomas Milligan Kirkpatrick, was named guardian of Chauncey and Olive's only child, Thomas H. Kirkpatrick. This was accomplished in a court action in 1869 in Appanoose County, Iowa. The guardianship established after Olive's remarriage, apparently to preserve the boy's rights (and perhaps the mother's) in regard to Chauncey's military service. It is not clear who raised the boy. Only one child born to the marriage.
From A Kirkpatrick Genealogy, by Melvin Kirkpatrick and David Hudson, 1993, it states the following about the possible burial of Chauncey: Two of Thomas' sons served the Union Army during the Civil War. One, Chauncey Hobart Kirkpatrick died of typhoid fever at Corinth, Mississippi, in 1862, and Thomas Milligan Kirkpatrick made the sad trek down river to collect his son's remains.
From the Civil War Military record it states he was buried behind "Drivers House" hospital in an oak grove as stated in a letter to Olive Kirkpatrick from W. S. Schenck, Surgeon.
A call was made to the records center for Memphis National Cemetery, which also keeps records for Corinth National Cemetery. They show no record of Chauncey Kirkpatrick.
At this point it is unclear where he is buried. A search of Minnesota cemetery records concentrating on areas where his family lived has not found a burial site. Is Chauncey still buried in Corinth, Mississippi behind "Drivers House" Hospital?
Chauncey Hobart Kirkpatrick and Olive Bondurant were married on 9 April 1860 in Rice Co., Minnesota.90 Olive Bondurant was born on 18 May 1843.
Chauncey Hobart Kirkpatrick and Olive Bondurant had the following children: