Friday, April 1, 2011

Col. Sewall Fremont

Back on March 28th, I wrote about Sewall L. Fremont, a colonel with the 1st Corps of North Carolina Volunteer Artillery and Engineers. He was from Wilmington, NC, and was put in charge of coast defenses from New River, NC, south to the South Carolina line. I came across his name while researching the history of the city of Fremont, North Carolina.

I'd never heard of Sewall Fremont, so decided to do some research. After all, this is a man connected to Wilmington, the Cape Fear River and, of course, my favorite, Fort Fisher.

It turns out that he attended the United States Military Academy from 1836 to 1841 and graduated with that class. He served in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War as well as other assignments during a twelve year Army career.

After his resignation, he became a civilian engineer and worked on North Carolina river improvement and railroads until the Civil War began and then defended his state.

Never Heard of Him. --Old B-Runner

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