Bean, John W. Co. I 5th Reg. NHVI; b. Vermont; age 28; res. Danbury, app. 2 Lt. Oct. 12, '61; must. in Oct. 15, '61; app. 1 Lt. Co. A, July 31, '62; Capt. Co. I, Dec. 16, '62; wd. June 3, '64, Cold Harbor, Va.; resigned, disab. Sept. 20, '64. Bvt. 1 Lt., U.S.A., Mar. 2, '67, for gallant and meritorious service in the battle of Fredericksburg, Va.; Bvt. Capt., U.S.A., Mar. 2, '67, for gallant and meritorious service in the battle of Cold Harbor, VA.
Major John Wesley Bean was born March 8, 1833, in Kirby, Caledonia county, Vermont, the son of Daniel Bean and Mary B. (Powell) Bean. Major Bean participated in nineteen battles and engagements of the American Civil War.
John received his commission as a Second Lieutenant on October 15, 1861, in the Fifth New Hampshire Infantry and served until September 20, 1864, when he was mustered out because of the severity of wounds that he received at the Battle of Cold Harbor. Only 32 men of the original 1400 who enlisted in the Fifth NH Regt survived the war.
John was appointed to the Treasury Department in 1866 for nine months until he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Regular Army. He was promoted to First Lieutenant in December, 1871, and to Captain on March 5, 1879, serving with the 15th Infantry until he retired on September 29, 1890.
At his death, in 1933, John was the oldest officer on the retired list. He had a distinguished record in both the Civil War and in Indian Campaigns against the Apache and Ute tribes. He took part in the campaign which led to the capture of Sitting Bull and was in command at Fort Rand, in North Dakota where Sitting Bull was held after his surrender.
John was breveted twice for gallant action, and was wounded at the battles of Fair Oakes, Fredericksburg and Cold Harbor. One of his proudest moments was the time when he shook hands with President Lincoln, in 1862, when he was breveted for gallantry under fire.
John was a member of the Order of Free Masons for 58 years, and a commander of the William A. Streeter Post G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) at the time of his 94th birthday.
John died November 26, 1933, in New London, Merrimack county, New Hampshire and is buried in the Proctor cemetery, in Andover
Source: Clan MacBean in North America, Volume I, Sixth Edition, Revised 1992, by Joseph S. Bean, page 84
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