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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Army

Francis Snow Hesseltine

  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    13th Maine Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: December 30, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Matagorda Bay, Texas, USA
In command of a detachment of 100 men, conducted a reconnaissance for two days, baffling and beating back an attacking force of more than 1000 Confederate cavalry, and regained his transport without loss.
Medal of Honor Recipient Francis S. Hesseltine
Medal of Honor Recipient Francis S. Hesseltine
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Waterville, Kennebec County, Maine
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: March 2, 1895
  • Born: December 10, 1833, Bangor, Penobscot County, ME, United States
  • Died: February 17, 1916, Newton, MA, United States
  • Buried: Wyoming Cemetery (MH) (9-617-18-9), Melrose, MA, United States

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