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. Webster graduated Boston Latin School circa 1829 and Harvard in the class of 1833. He is memorialized on the marble PRO PATRIA shield in the lobby of the Boston Latin School. Fletcher Webster married Caroline S.White on 11 November 1836. They raised two sons, Daniel (April 1840 - 2 September 1865) and Ashburton (7 December 1847 - 7 February 1879), and four daughters but three died in childhood. His third daughter Caroline W.
Webster (24 October 1845 - 16 August 1884) married James Geddes Day. FLETCHER WEBSTER, of the Twelfth Massachusetts Regiment, was mortally wounded in battle on Saturday, and has since died.
There is concurrent testimony as to the fact that Col. FLETCHER WEBSTER was severely, if not mortally wounded.He was taken from the field by four of his men, by order of Capt. HARMON, who, himself, was wounded in the shoulder. The whereabouts of the former is not known, the latter is in this City. The correspondence of the Inquirer says that Col. FLETCHER WEBSTER, of Massachusetts, was killed.
Among the brave and gallant men who died from the effects of wounds received on the battle-field we regret to observe the honored name of FLETCHER WEBSTER, only son of DANIEL WEBSTER, and Colonel of the Twelfth Massachusetts Volunteers, which regiment he raised, organized and has commanded since the commencement of the war. WEBSTER was born at Portsmouth, New-Hampshire, during the war with Great Britain. Being of a quiet, unambitious temper, although much with his father during his political career, Col. WEBSTER was never himself a candidate for public station.He was, however, appointed Secretary of Legation to Mr. CALEB GUSHING on the Chinese embassy of 1842, and held a position during the administrations of Presidents PIERCE and BUCHANAN in the Custom House at Boston. He was among the first at the call for troops in 1801 to recruit a regiment for the war. He passed through this City about a year since; receiving a public ovation, which was attended by Gov. We are as yet in ignorance as to the particulars of his death; suffice it to say that from such accounts as we have, we gather the impression that he conducted himself nobly during the fight, and died in the performance of the highest duty known to an American citizen. His death will cast a gloom over the circle in which he moved, a shining and honored member. His widow and family are living, we believe, in Boston. The item "Civil War CDV of Union Colonel Fletcher Webster (son of Daniel Webster) KIA" is in sale since Friday, October 13, 2017.
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