b. 1845 Montreal, Quebec. d. 17/04/1916 Montreal, Quebec.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 05/08/1864 Mobile Bay, Alabama.
Born in 1845 in Montreal, Chaput immigrated to the United States and was living in New York when he joined the U.S. Navy. He served during the Civil War as a landsman on the USS Lackawanna. At the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864, Lackawanna engaged the CSS Tennessee at close range and Chaput was severely wounded in the face and limbs by flying debris while manning an artillery gun. After receiving medical treatment, he returned to his post and continued working the gun for the remainder of the battle. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor four months later, on December 31, 1864.
On board the U.S.S. Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the rebel ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Severely wounded, Chaput remained at his gun until relieved, reported to the surgeon and returned to his gun until the action was over. He was then carried below following the action which resulted in the capture of the prize ram Tennessee and in destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
BURIAL LOCATION: NOTRE DAME DES NEIGES CEMETERY, MONTREAL, QUEBEC.
SECTION B, LOT 2116
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.