Union General Fletcher Webster ALS *KIA 2nd Bull Run*


Fletcher Webster (1818-1862) ALS, 1 page. Washington, April 30th 1841. Overall fine with some typical folds. He was the son of Daniel Webster and was killed at the 2nd Battle of Bull Run. Perfect item for framing. Photo not included.


Daniel Fletcher Webster, commonly known as Fletcher Webster (July 25, 1818 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire – August 30, 1862) was the son of renowned politician Daniel Webster and Grace Fletcher Webster. He was educated at Dartmouth College. During his father’s first term as Secretary of State, Fletcher served as Chief Clerk of the United States State Department which, at the time, was the second most powerful office in the State Department. As Chief Clerk, he delivered the news of President William Henry Harrison’s death to the new President, John Tyler.

During the Civil War, Webster served as colonel of the 12th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. The unit was known in the Army of the Potomac as “The Webster Regiment” in honor of their commander. While reinforcing Union forces attempting to repel Longstreet’s counterattack, Webster was mortally wounded on Chinn Ridge in defense of Henry House Hill in the Second Battle of Bull Run on August 30, 1862. A memorial boulder stands in Manassas National Battlefield Park in Colonel Webster’s honor. A memorial to the Webster Regiment stands in Gettysburg National Park.

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