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F.S. French
F.S. French

Federal (USA)


Frank Sands French

(1842 - 1865)
Home State: Maine
Branch of Service: Artillery
Unit: 1st United States Artillery, Battery I


Before the Antietam Campaign:
Son of Brigadier General William Henry French, he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, First US Artillery on 27 September 1861. He was seriously wounded at Balls Bluff on 21 October. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 20 February 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He commanded a section of his Battery on the Maryland Campaign.

The remainder of the War:
He was cited by brevets in March 1865 to Captain for Fair Oaks, VA, Major for Antietam, and Lieutenant Colonel for Cold Harbor, VA.

After the War:
He died of pneumonia on 4 September 1865.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic military data found in Heitman1. Details from the Journal (Vol. 46, 1910) of the Military Service Institution of the US, and his obituary in the The United States Army and Navy Journal and Gazette (23 September 1865). His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a group photograph of General William H. French and his staff at Culpeper, VA in September 1863, now at the Library of Congress (identification by family, not confirmed).

Place of Birth: Houlton, ME    
Death Date: 09/06/1865    Death Place: New Castle, DE    Burial Place: Old Swedes Churchyard, Wilmington, DE


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 436  [AotW citation 14673]

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