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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1841

Vol. II

(Born Vt.)

Sewall L. Fremont​1

(Ap'd N. H.)


Sewall Lawrence Fremont: Born Aug. 30, 1816.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1836, to July 1, 1841, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1841.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1841; in the Florida War, 1841‑42; in garrison at Ft. Morgan, Ala., 1842, — and Ft. Johnston, N. C., 1842‑44, 1844‑45; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, — Battle of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846; in garrison

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, May 11, 1846)

at Ft. Moultrie, S. C., 1846; at the Military Academy, as Asst. Professor of Geography, History, and Ethics, Sep. 4 to Nov. 28, 1846; on Quartermaster duty at Washington, D. C., 1846‑47; in mustering North Carolina Volunteers, 1847; on Quartermaster duty at Ft. Monroe,

(Captain, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, Mar. 3, 1847, to Feb. 19, 1849)

Va., 1847, — Detroit, Mich., 1847‑48, — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1848‑49, — and with Surveying party on Boundary Line between the United States and Mexico, 1849; in garrison at Ft. Adams, R. I., 1849, — Ft. Trumbull, Ct., 1849‑50, — and Ft. Adams, R. I., 1850‑51, 1851‑52; on Recruiting service, 1852; as Quartermaster, 3d Artillery, Mar. 6, 1852, to Aug. 5, 1854, — at Ft. Adams, R. I., 1852‑53, — and on voyage to California, 1853‑54, when, on being wrecked, Dec. 24, 1853, in the transport steamer San Francisco,​a was compelled to return to New York.

Resigned, Apr. 5, 1854.

Civil History. — Asst. Engineer in the service of the United States on the Improvement of the Cape Fear River, N. C., 1854.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​b

Civil History. — Chief Engineer and Superintendent of Wilmington and Weldon Railroad, 1854‑71; and of the Wilmington, Charlotte, and Rutherford Railroad, 1870‑76. Rice Planter, near Wilmington, N. C.,  p83 1877‑78. Architect and Superintendent of the North Carolina Asylum for Colored Insane, near Goldsborough, 1878. Asst. Engineer in the service of the United States, on the Improvement of Savannah River, 1878. City Surveyor of Wilmington, N. C., 1880‑81. Architect, in the service of the United States, at Memphis, Ten., Jan., 18–––, to 1886.

Died, May 1, 1886, at Memphis, Ten.: Aged 63.

Buried, Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, NC.

The Author's Note:

1 Named Sewall L. Fish when he was graduated.

Thayer's Notes:

a He was one of the lucky ones; this was a very bad wreck, and coverage of it filled the newspapers for weeks. Interesting accounts are given by several of the survivors in The New York Times, Jan. 16, 1854; Capt. Fremont is mentioned several times (once in connection with a fairly dramatic incident), and is among those praised by his commanding officer for his part in the events.

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record; ranked a Colonel by the end of the war, he headed the defense of, and construction of forts in, part of the State of North Carolina which had come to be his home.

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