Lt. Colonel Thirteenth Maine Regiment

Francis "Frank" Snow Hesseltine was born 12/10/1833 in Bangor, Maine, and enlisted into the regiment as a Major from Waterville, Maine, where he was a student at Colby College. There are several articles about his relationship with Colby College, from student memories of his role as an upper classman leader to an endowment donated in his honor by his widow.

He was the only soldier in this regiment awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.  Several of his reports and many accounts of his actions are recorded in Lufkin's history and other sources. His citation for the Congressional Medal of Honor reads:

The President of the United States
in the name of
The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Colonel, 13th Maine Infantry.
Place and Date: At Matagorda Bay, Tex., 29-30 December 1863.
Entered Service At: Maine.
Born: 10 December 1833, Bangor, Maine.
Date of Issue: 2 March 1895.

Citation:  "In command of a detachment of 100 men, conducted a reconnaissance for 2 days, baffling and beating back an attacking force of more than a thousand Confederate cavalry, and regained his transport without loss."

He was an aggressive and capable officer, but one gains a sense that his men often felt that he was too aggressive and endangered them more than they thought necessary.

After the war he was a "carpetbagger" for a short time and then had a long successful career as an attorney in Boston, Massachusetts.

A Colby College summarizes his career in a list of the graduates of the class of 1863:

"Francis Snow Hesseltine:  A.B., 1866; A.M.; LL.D., 1913. Born, Bangor, Me., Dec. 10, 1833. Capt. 3d Me. Vols., and Major, 1861; Lt. Col. 13th Me. Vols., 1862-65; Lawyer and Register of Bankrupcy, Savannah, Ga., 1865-70; Lawyer, Boston, Mass., 1870-1916"

He died in Boston on 2/17/1916.

Lt. Col. Frank Hesseltine of the 13th Maine Infantry
Maj. Francis S. Hesseltine

(Courtesy of Tom MacDonald, Eustis, Maine)