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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 Antietam

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.

On the Campaign

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

The rest 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 & 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).


1842; Houlton, ME


09/06/1865; New Castle, DE; burial in 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]