Francis S. Hesseltine
|Francis S. Hesseltine|
December 10, 1833|
|Died||February 17, 1916(aged 82)|
|Buried at||Melrose, Massachusetts|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Unit||13th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Hesseltine was born in Bangor, Maine on December 10, 1833. He was awarded the Medal of Honor, for extraordinary heroism on December 30, 1863, while serving as a Lieutenant Colonel with the 13th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, at Matagorda Bay, Texas. His Medal of Honor was issued on March 2, 1895.
He died at the age of 82, on February 17, 1916 and was buried at the Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose, Massachusetts.
Medal of Honor citation
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Colonel Francis Snow Hesseltine, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 30 December 1863, while serving with 13th Maine Infantry, in action at Matagorda Bay, Texas. In command of a detachment of 100 men, Lieutenant Colonel Hesseltine conducted a reconnaissance for two days, baffling and beating back an attacking force of more than a thousand Confederate cavalry, and regained his transport without loss.
- "Francis S. Hesseltine". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
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