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E.Q. Fellows

E.Q. Fellows

Federal (USA)

Colonel

Enoch Q Fellows

(1825 - ?)

Home State: New Hampshire

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 9th New Hampshire Infantry

Before Antietam

A member of the class of 1848 at West Point, Fellows was noted for initially refusing to swear an oath of allegiance as expected of all cadets. He was later convinced to do so by the Superintendent, but did not graduate, resigning in 1848.

In the early 1850s he was in the state militia and served 4 years as doorkeeper of the New Hampshire Senate. From 1854-57 he was Inspector at the Boston Customs House, then in business at his hometown of Sandwich.

At the opening of War in 1861 he initially drilled troops at Concord, and was then offered a Captaincy in the First Infantry. He instead enlisted as Private, and was appointed First Lieutenant, Company K, and Adjutant of the Regiment. At expiration of their service in August, he was chosen to command the 3rd New Hampshire Infantry, and served on the South Carolina coastal campaign. He resigned and was appointed Colonel of the new 9th New Hampshire in June 1862.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission 12 November 1862 claiming poor health--neuralgia-- possibly feeling he had done enough for the cause.

After the War

He returned to business in Sandwich, and was a member of the State legislature from that district in 1868, 1869, and 1877.

References & notes

Brief military history and photo above from Voices1. Original photograph in the collection of the US Army Military History Institute.

Additional service and personal details from Lord's History2.

Birth

06/20/1825; Sandwich, NH

Death

Date not known

Notes

1   Woodhead, Henry, editor, Voices of the Civil War: Antietam, Alexandria (Va): Time-Life Books, 1996, pg. 37  [AotW citation 606]

2   Lord, Edward O., History of the Ninth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion, Concord: Republican Press Association, 1895, pp. 694-97  [AotW citation 684]