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H. S. Fairchild

H. S. Fairchild

Federal (USV)


Harrison Stiles Fairchild

(1820 - 1901)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Brigade Commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, IX Corps


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

In 1850, he was elected President of the New Bank of Rochester and served in that position until 1854, when he was elected Alderman of the 12th Ward in Rochester.

From 1844 to 1854 Fairchild served as an officer in the "Rochester Light Guards," a part of the New York Militia. In 1854, he was appointed Colonel of the 54th Regiment, New York Militia and held that post until the start of the Civil War.

In December 1861, by then age 41, he was commissioned Colonel of the 89th New York Infantry.

On the Campaign

He commanded the Brigade in Maryland as senior Colonel.

The rest of the War

He was honored by brevet to Brigadier General of Volunteers on 13 March 1865 and mustered out on 3 August 1865 in Richmond, VA.

After the War

He returned to Rochester and engaged in the brokerage of stocks and bonds, the sale of real estate, and served as a United States Pension Claim Agent.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General.1 His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph in the MOLLUS Massachusetts collection.2


08/04/1820; Cazenovia, NY


01/25/1901; Rochester, NY; burial in Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, NY


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905  [AotW citation 25839]

2   US Army, Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <>  [AotW citation 25840]