General Chapman represented the county in the Virginia Assembly and the state in the 28th U.S. Congress. He served in the Confederate Army as Brigadier General of the Virginia Militia.
The general was the best of neighbors, kindhearted, always good to the poor, polite, pleasant, a good speaker and fine lawyer. The oldest son, Capt. Beirne Chapman, a brave, talented boy, came home from school and raised a company of Artillery for the defense of his state. He was mortally wounded at Winchester, Va. Sept 19, 1864. No vestige of this happy family is left. (Francis)