A quarter plate tintype of Fearing in uniform, housed in a thermoplastic wall frame with penciled identification beneath the plate.
Hawkes Fearing, Jr., was born in Hingham, Massachusetts, in 1826, a city which his ancentors had called home since their arrival in North America on the Diligent in 1638, and where his father ran the Hingham Cordage Company, providing ropes and rigging to the hundreds of ships based in the area. Hingham was also the place where Abraham Lincoln's earliest American acncestor, Samuel Lincoln, arrived in 1637, and the Fearing family tree includes several of his descendants. Perhaps Hawkes Jr. was aware of this, which would explain his early enlistment in August of 1860, well before the start of formal hostilities. Living in Manchester, New Hampshire, at the time, the 34-year-old merchant was commissioned into the 4th Massachusetts in the days following the attack on Fort Sumter, served his three months, and was then made Colonel and Commander of New Hampshire's 8th Infantry, where he served for nearly the entire war. His regiment, along with the the 2nd New Hampshire Cavalry which was later formed with its members, spent most of the war in the Department of the Gulf, as part of XIX Corps. After a particularly bloody string of engagements from late 1863 to early 1864--having lost over 350 men to combat or disease--the regiment was relieved with garrison duty at Natchez, Mississippi. Col. Fearing mustered out January 15, 1865, and returned to his ancestral home in Hingham, which he would represent in the Massachusetts state legislature. He died in 1908.
The Ed Steers Lincolniana & Civil War Collection
Condition: Tintype with hairline creases at left side. Frame in very good condition; only one chip at lower right which has been repaired