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lawyer , army officer

James Deering Fessenden, American lawyer, army officer. member of staff General Hunter, 1862; member Maine Legislature, 1872-1874.


Fessenden, James Deering was born on September 28, 1833 in Portland, Maine, United States. Son of William P.H. and Ellen (Deering) Fessenden.


Graduate Bowdoin College, 1852.


Admitted to Maine bar, 1856. Recruited company 2d United States Sharpshooters, 1861, served as captain. Member of staff General Hunter, 1862.

Organized, disciplined 1st regiment of Negro soldiers in nat. service. Commissioned colonel, 1862. Mustered, disbursed troops, 1863.

Fought under General Hooker at battles of Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge. Participated in Sherman’s campaign against Atlanta (Georgia), 1864. Commissioned brigadier general, 1864.

Led brigade in Grand Review, Washington, District of Columbia, 1865. Commissioned major general United States Volunteers, 1866. United States register of bankruptcy, 1868-1878.

Member Maine Legislature, 1872-1874.


Member of staff General Hunter, 1862. Member Maine Legislature, 1872-1874.


Married Frances C. Greeley, November 5, 1856.

William P.H. Fessenden

Ellen (Deering) Fessenden

Frances C. Greeley