Pvt Adlebert Ward Fessenden
Adlebert Ward Fessenden name: Fessenden, Adlebert Ward
Rank: Pvt 
Branch: Union 
Regiment: Co. B, 7th Regiment, Iowa Infantry
Cemetery: Oakhill Cemetery, Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin 
Service: 1/4/1864 - 4/12/1865
Birth: abt 1844 Hanover, Chatauqua , New York
Notes: Wife was Mary Ide. He had at least one son who died in infancy. At the time of his enlistement (age 19), he was living in Howard County Iowa. 
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Horace and Salome (Beebe) Fessenden, were natives of the Empire State, and there resided for many years. Horace Fessenden was a lumber dealer, following that business in Hanoon, N.Y. until 1830, when he purchased a farm in Chatauqua County, and turned his attentions to agricultural pursuits. After operating his land for ten years, he sold out and in 1846, following the course of emigration which was steadily drifting westward, landed in Rock County, Wis. Immediately after his arrival, he purchased a farm of 160 acres on section 26, Porter Township, the land then being in a primitive condition. He built a little log cabin into which the family moved and immediately began clearing the land. Mr. Fessenden was one of the earliest settlers of Rock County and was an important factor in the upbuilding and development of the township. He added to his original purchase until his farm comprised 430 acres, which he placed under a high state of cultivation and greatly improved. As a citizen, he was public spirited, enterprising and progressive and filled various offices of trust, serving for three or four years as town Treasurer, and for a number of years was a member of the Town Board. All moral and social interests received his ready support and he was a true friend to the cause of education. In political sentiment, he affiliated with the Democratic party, and as every true American citizen should do, took an active interest in politics, but was never an office-seeker. Through the community in which he lived, he was held in high regard and won the confidence and respect of all with whom business or pleasure brought him in contact. His excellent wife died on the 23d day of August, 1859, and was laid to rest in Taylor cemetery in Porter Township. A year had not yet passed when the husband followed her to the grave, his death occurring at the old homestead July 12, 1860. He was then placed by the side of a loving wife with whom he had traveled life's journey for so many years.

Horace and Salome Fessenden were the parents of eleven children - Nelson, who is now deceased; Austin B., of this sketch; Helen, who has passed away; Adelbert, who makes his home in Fulton, Rock County; Leroy, who is living at the old homestead in the town of Porter; Albert, a resident of Evansville, Rock County; Helen, who is also living in Evansville; Dean, who resides in Clinton, Wis.; and Frank, the youngest, now deceased.

Source: The Portrait and Biographical Album of Rock County, Wis. (c)1889, pp. 980-981

  7th Regiment, Iowa Infantry1

Organized at Burlington July 24 to August 4, 1861. Moved to St. Louis, Mo., August 6; thence to Pilot Knob, Mo. Attached to District of Cairo to February, 1862. 4th Brigade, 2nd Division, District of Cairo, February, 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, District of West Tennessee and Army of Tennessee, to July, 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, District of Corinth, Dept. of the Tennessee to September, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, District of Corinth, to October, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, District of Corinth, to November, 1862. 1st Brigade, District of Corinth, 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. of the Tennessee, to December, 1862. 1st Brigade, District of Corinth, 17th Army Corps, Dept of the Tennessee, to January, 1863. 1st Brigade, District of Corinth, 16th Army Corps, to March, 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 16th Army Corps, to September, 1864. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 15th Army Corps, to July, 1865.

SERVICE.-Duty at Pilot Knob, Jackson, Cape Girardeau County, Norfolk, Fort Jefferson, Bird's Point, Mo., Fort Holt, Ky., and Cairo, Ill., till November, 1861. Affair at Elliott's Mills, Camp Crittenden, September 22. Expedition to Belmont November 6-7. Battle of Belmont November 7. Moved from Bird's Point to St. Louis, Mo., November 10, and duty there till January, 1862. Expedition to Fort Henry, Tenn., January 15-25. Operations against Fort Henry February 2-6. Investment of Fort Donelson February 12-16. Capture of Fort Donelson February 16. Expedition to Clarksburg, Tenn., February 19-21. Moved to Pittsburg Landing March 5-18. Battle of Shiloh April 6-7. Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30. Pursuit May 31-June 6. Duty at Corinth till October. Expedition to Iuka, Miss., September 18-22. Battle of Iuka September 19. Battle of Corinth October 3-4. Pursuit October 5-7. Moved to Rienzi October 7; thence to Boneyard and duty there till November. Little Bear Creek November 28 and December 12. Duty at Corinth till March, 1863. Expedition against Forest December 18, 1862, to January 3, 1863. Moved to Bethel, Tenn., March 1863, and duty there till June 1. Moved to Corinth June 1; thence to Moscow and duty there till August At LaGrange till October. March to Pulaski October 30-November 11 and duty there till March, 1864. Veterans on furlough January and February. At Prospect, Tenn., till April. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1 to September 8. Demonstration on Resaca May 8-13. Sugar Valley May 9. Battle of Resaca May 13-14. Ley's Ferry, Oostenaula River, May 15. Rome Cross Roads May 16. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff's Mill July 3-4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Battle of Atlanta July 22. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Flint River Station August 30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Pursuit of Hood into Alabama October 1-26. Reconnoissance and skirmishes on Cave Springs Road, near Rome, October 12-13. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Little Ogeechee River December 4. Eden Station and Jenks Bridge December 7. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Salkehatchie Swamps , S. C., February 3-5. South Edisto River February 9. North Edisto River February 12-13. Congaree Creek February 15. Columbia February 16-17. Lynch's Creek February 25-26. Expedition to Florence, S. C., Mareh 4-6. Battle of Bentonville March 20-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 9-13. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 20. Grand Review May 24. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June. Mustered out July 12, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 7 Officers and 134 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 4 Officers and 160 Enlisted men by disease. Total 305.

1 Source: National Park Service, Soldiers and Sailors System; "A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion" by Frederick H. Dyer,Cosmas; An Army for Empire : The United States Army in the Spanish American War by A. Graham, (Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Publishing Co., 1993).

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