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Collection of Francis Snow Hesseltine Materials


Scope and Contents

The Hesseltine Collection contains various materials gathered about Francis Snow Hesseltine, including correspondence, a report written by Hesseltine detailing the events on the Matagorda Peninsula, Texas, during the Civil War, certificates of military appointments during the Civil War, information about the medal of honor, and clippings about Hesseltine's life.


  • 1861-1865.
  • 1861 - 1865


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials to be used on site during regular Special Collections hours or by appointment. Photocopying or scanning may be possible at discretion of staff for nominal fee. Materials may be protected by copyright.

Biographical / Historical

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.


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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.


Materials arranged in 7 series: Correspondence, Manuscripts, Personal documents, Biographical materials, Printed materials, Artifacts, and Clippings.

Physical Location

Colbiana alumni sequence (in box).

Custodial History

Materials acquired via gift.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection presented to Colby by Philip Stark Hesseltine, grandson of Francis Snow Hesseltine, June 1965.

Finding Aid to Collection of Francis Snow Hesseltine Materials
Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine
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Repository Details

Part of the Colby College Archives Repository

Special Collections & Archives (SC&A), located in Miller Library, is the college’s repository for historically and culturally -significant materials, including the college archives. Our fabulous materials range in date from the 12th to the 21st centuries and represent a wide range of formats. We fully support Colby’s academic program and innovative pedagogies through aspirational collection development, faculty and student engagement, teaching and exhibition.