This collection contains correspondence, personal documents, manuscripts, and clippings on Francis Snow Hesseltine, Colby class of 1863, a Lieutenant Colonel of the 13th Maine Infantry during the Civil War who received the Congressional Medal of Honor, and who was later an attorney in Georgia, Massachusetts, and Maine. Francis Snow Hesseltine (Colby Class of 1863) was born in Bangor, Maine on December 10, 1833, son of Peter Heald and Sarah Hamlin (Snow) Hesseltine, and died on Feburary 17, 1916, at age 83. He left Waterville College (now Colby College) in April 1861, to enlist as a private. He was elected Captain of Company G, 3rd Maine infantry, and was later promoted to Major of the 13th Maine infantry in 1861, and then to Lieutenant Colonel in 1862. He was in the First Battle of Bull Run and received honorable mention for his service in that battle. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1895 for gallant conduct at Matagorda Bay in Texas. After the war he practiced law in Savannah, Georgia; Melrose, Massachusetts; and in Portland, Maine. He was married three times: first, to Carrie Curtis in 1853, who died in 1856; second, to Rebecca Melinda Stark Crosby (a widow), who died in 1893; and third, to Margaret Hall McNutt. He had three children with his second wife, Rebecca: Norman Francis, Gertrude Rebecca, and Marion Elizabeth.
Collection of Francis Snow Hesseltine Materials, Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine.