Aaron Fletcher Stevens

Aaron Fletcher Stevens (August 9, 1819 – May 10, 1887) was a Union Army officer during the American Civil War and a two-term U.S. Congressman.

Aaron Fletcher Stevens
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1871
Preceded byEdward H. Rollins
Succeeded bySamuel N. Bell
Personal details
BornAugust 9, 1819
Derry, New Hampshire
DiedMay 10, 1887 (aged 67)
Nashua, New Hampshire
Political partyRepublican
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Union Army
RankUnion Army colonel rank insignia.png Colonel
Union Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brevet Brigadier General
Unit1st New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry
Commands13th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Birth and early yearsEdit

Stevens was born in Londonderry, New Hampshire on August 9, 1819.[1][2] He spent his childhood in both Londonderry and also nearby Peterborough and attended Pinkerton Academy. He was a machinist, lawyer and state legislator before the Civil War.[1] In 1845, he was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar, and helped found the New Hampshire Republican Party in the mid-1850s.

Civil WarEdit

When the Civil War began he joined the 1st New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry as a major.[1] He was mustered out of the volunteers on August 9, 1861.[1] He rejoined the Union Army on September 23, 1862 as colonel of the new 13th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment.[1] He and the regiment participated in the disastrous attack against Marye's Heights in the Battle of Fredericksburg.

Stevens commanded Brigade 1, Division 1, IX Corps (Union Army), Department of Virginia, January – February, 1863 and Brigade 3, Division 1, XVIII Corps (Union Army), Army of the James, from July 31, 1864 to September 29, 1864.[1] Stevens was wounded at the Battle of Fort Harrison on September 29, 1864.[1]

On December 12, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln nominated Stevens for appointment to the grade of brevet brigadier general of volunteers, to rank from December 8, 1864, and the United States Senate confirmed the appointment on March 10, 1865.[3] Stevens was mustered out of the volunteers on June 29, 1865.[1]

Stevens served two terms in the United States House of Representatives, March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1871.[1]

Aaron Fletcher Stevens died at Nashua, May 10, 1887.[1] He was buried at Universalist Church Cemetery, Nashua, New Hamphshire.[1][4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Eicher, John H., and David J. Eicher, Civil War High Commands. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 978-0-8047-3641-1. p. 509.
  2. ^ Hunt, Roger D. and Jack R. Brown, Brevet Brigadier Generals in Blue. Gaithersburg, MD: Olde Soldier Books, Inc., 1990. ISBN 978-1-56013-002-4. p. 585 shows his birth place as nearby Derry, New Hampshire.
  3. ^ Eicher, 2001, p. 758.
  4. ^ Hunt, Roger D. and Jack R. Brown, Brevet Brigadier Generals in Blue. Gaithersburg, MD: Olde Soldier Books, Inc., 1990. ISBN 978-1-56013-002-4. p. 585.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1867-March 3, 1871
Succeeded by