Norton Parker Chipman

A Biography of the Andersonville War Crimes Prosecutor


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About the Book

Norton Parker Chipman is best known for successfully prosecuting Henry Wirz, the infamous commander of the Confederacy’s Andersonville Prison where more than 13,000 Union soldiers died during the American Civil War. A Union officer, Chipman participated in many important events during and after the Civil War. He accompanied President Lincoln to Gettysburg and worked directly with Secretary of War Stanton. Later, he represented the District of Columbia as its delegate to Congress, led the fund-raising to complete the Washington Monument and wrote the order creating Memorial Day.
He rose to prominence in California’s burgeoning agribusiness and served many years as a state Supreme Court commissioner and a Court of Appeal presiding justice. This biography provides intimate accounts of a wounded combat officer’s perspective of the Civil War, a Washington insider’s view of the postwar capital and a veteran’s influence in shaping and developing California.

About the Author(s)

Jeffery A. Hogge is a judicial attorney with the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, the court on which Norton Parker Chipman served as presiding justice for the court’s first 16 years. He has written for legal practice guides and magazines.

Bibliographic Details

Jeffery A. Hogge
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 249
Bibliographic Info: 30 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3449-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5188-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Preface      3
Prologue (1906)      5

1. Unrestrainable Manifestations (1834–1859)      9
2. For the Preservation of the Union (1860–1862)      22
3. The Proclamation of Freedom (1862–1863)      41
4. The Great Emancipator (1863)      62
5. Wartime Washington (1863–1864)      81
6. Restoration of the Union (1864–1865)      95
7. The Tragedy of Andersonville (1865)      109
8. The Capital of the United States (1865–1872)      130
9. The Unfinished Obelisk (1872–1875)      151
10. Sierra Flume and Lumber Company (1875–1878)      170
11. Greater California (1878–1918)      180
12. Last Years (1919–1924)      195

Epilogue      199
Appendix: Abraham Lincoln (Address by N.P. Chipman, Cherry Tree Club)      203
Chapter Notes      217
Bibliography      227
Index      233

Book Reviews & Awards

“Hogge has done his homework, and his research is extensive…well worth the price, and it accommodatingly marries interesting anecdotes in proper perspective with well known historical data”—On Point: The Journal of Army History; “bring[s] Chipman and his times vibrantly to life…valuable”—Los Angeles Lawyer; “this is a very interesting book about Norton Parker Chipman’s life and service to his country. A great addition to your Union/Western library. This book has a ‘WOW!+’ rating”—The Lone Star.