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Frederick N. Deland
Birth name Frederick Nelson Deland
Born (1843-12-25)December 25, 1843
Sheffield, Massachusetts
Died August 23, 1922(1922-08-23) (aged 78)
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Rank Private
Unit Massachusetts 41st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment - Company B
Awards Medal of Honor

Frederick Nelson Deland (December 25, 1843 – August 23, 1922) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Deland received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Siege of Port Hudson in Louisiana on May 27, 1863. He was honored with the award on June 22, 1896.


Deland was born in Sheffield, Massachusetts on December 25, 1843. He enlisted in the 41st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment. For his action during the Siege of Port Hudson in Louisiana on May 27, 1863, he was honored with the Medal of Honor on June 22, 1896.

After the Civil War, Deland worked at the Grand Mahawie Bank in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, first as a clerk, then a cashier, and finally as its president. In 1875, a gang of robbers broke into his house, binding and gagging Deland's parents and sister, and demanding that he come with them to open the bank vault. They were thwarted, however, by a time lock which had been installed on the vault's door only a few days earlier (one of the first such installations in the country). The gang stole some cash and bonds from the house and left Deland and his family bound but unharmed. They were rescued the next day, after his sister was able to signal neighbors through a window.

Frederick N. Deland died in Pittsfield on August 23, 1922, and his remains are interred at the Mahaiwe Cemetery in Great Barrington.

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