Francis S. Hesseltine

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Francis S. Hesseltine
Born (1833-12-10)December 10, 1833
Bangor, Maine
Died February 17, 1916(1916-02-17) (aged 82)
Buried at Melrose, Massachusetts
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Rank Colonel
Unit Maine 13th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

Francis Snow Hesseltine (December 10, 1833 - February 17, 1916) was a Union Army soldier in the American Civil War who received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.[1]

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.[2]

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[edit]

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.[3]


  1. ^ "Medal of Honor Recipients". United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "HESSELTINE, FRANCIS S.". Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Valor awards for Francis Snow Hesseltine". Military Times, Hall of Valor. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 

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