Founder: Colonel Hiram Berdan
1st Commander: Colonel Henry A.V. Post
2nd Commander: Homer R. Stoughton
JAMES DEERING FESSENDEN
Fessenden, James D., brigadier-general, was born in West-
brook, Me., Sept. 28, 1833, was graduated at Bowdoin in 1852, and then practiced law in Portland until the Civil war broke out. He was commissioned captain of the 2nd U. S. sharpshooters, Nov. 2, 1861, and in 1862-63 served on the staff of Gen. David Hunter and engaged in the operations on the Carolina coast, being present at the attack on Fort McAllister, in the operations on the Edisto, and at Du Pont's attack on Charleston. He organized and commanded the 1st regiment of colored troops in May, 1862, but the government refused to accept such service at that time. In July of that year he was promoted colonel and additional aide-de-camp. He was subsequently transferred to the Army of the Tennessee, in 1863, and served under Hooker in the campaigns of Chattanooga in that year and Atlanta in 1864. He was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers, Aug. 8, 1864, was ordered to report to Gen. Sheridan in the valley of Virginia, and participated in the battle of Cedar creek in October. He was brevetted major-general of volunteers, March 13, 1865, for distinguished service in the war and served in South Carolina until mustered out, Jan. 15, 1866. Returning then to Maine, he was appointed register of bankruptcy in 1868 and was representative in the state legislature, 1872-74. Gen. Fessenden died in Portland, Me., Nov. 18, 1882.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 8
Lieutenant: Jacob McClure (Rockland, ME)
Lieutenant: Silas Barker (Augusta, ME)
Company D Action (Source Maine Archives)
The real men of Company D
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