William King Kimball, Rumford Point, 1861

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William King Kimball was commander of the 12th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, serving in the Department of the Gulf during the Civil War.

Kimball was born June 7, 1820, the son of Moses F. and Mary Bean Kimball of Rumford Point. He attended Bethel and Bridgton Academies, graduated from Harvard Law School, and practiced law in Dixfield.

After moving to Paris, Maine, in 1844, Kimball was elected County Attorney, an office he held for four years. He then became clerk of Courts for 10 years, and served as a U.S. Marshall from 1857 to 1861.

Kimball enlisted as a lieutenant colonel on November 15, 1861 to serve in the Civil War. He spent the next four years in the Department of the Gulf, where, according to the reports to the Adjutant General from 1861 to 1866, Kimball performed well enough to receive several promotions, ultimately to Brevet Brigadier General.

Following his mustering out on April 18, 1866, Kimball returned to Paris Hill. He died by suicide on September 2, 1875 and is buried in Rawson Knoll Cemetery in the Rawson family plot.

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  • Title: William King Kimball, Rumford Point, 1861
  • Creation Date: 1861
  • Subject Date: 1861
  • Location: Rumford, Oxford County, ME
  • Media: Carte de visite
  • Object Type: Image

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