Arthur Buckminster Fuller (1822 - 1862) MP

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Birthplace: Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
Cause of death: killed at the battle of Fredericksburg
Occupation: Missionary, chaplain
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About Arthur Buckminster Fuller

Arthur Buckminster Fuller (August 10, 1822-December 11, 1862) was a Unitarian clergyman who endeavored to give the Unitarian Church appeal to all social classes and championed the important liberal reforms of the day. As a United States Army chaplain, he accompanied Civil War soldiers into battle and lost his life to a cause in which he firmly believed. His older sister, Margaret Fuller, was a noted Transcendentalist, feminist, and writer. His grandson, (Richard) Buckminster Fuller, was an acclaimed twentieth-century architect, poet, author, and inventor. He died in service as a chaplain at the Siege of Fredericksburg, United States Civil War.

Later there was speculation as to why Fuller would risk his life to accompany the Nineteenth Massachusetts, which was not his regiment, into battle. The Nineteenth Massachusetts' own chaplain had long since fled. He firmly believed that men deserved a chaplain by their side during a fight. He was a Unitarian who believed that salvation required faith and works, and he had many friends in the Nineteenth. It was his Christian duty to go with them.

Read more: Dictionary of Unitarian & Universalist Biography - Arthur Buckminster Fuller

Obituary

Boston Herald, December 25, 1862 DECEMBER 25, 1862. FUNERAL OF REV. ARTHUR B. FULLER.

The funeral obsequies over the remains of the late Rev. Arthur B. Fuller were performed this noon, at the Chauncy street church. The body was brought to the church early this fornoon, enclosed in a rich, ornamented rosewood casket. The latter was decorated with the American flag, and a profusion of elegant flowers wrought in bouquets and wreaths, which encircled a photograph of the deceased, taken several months prior to his death. A plate bore the following inscription:

Rev. Arthur Buckminster Fuller, Chaplain of the 16 Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers; killed at the battle of Fredericksburg, Va., 11th December 1862. Aged 40 years. "I must do something for my country."

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Notes

Citations 

  1. R. Buckminster Fuller, 12 July 1895, Milton, Massachusetts Posted: 8 Sep 2001.  Quoting from  "The Dymaxion World of Buckminster Fuller" page 11

Sources

  1. Find A Grave Memorial# 22330332
  2. New England Historical & Genealogical Register Page: 13:359

Links

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  1. Historical notices of Thomas Fuller and his descendants: with a genealogy of ... By Arthur Buckminster Fuller, Edith Davenport Fuller. Page 13-16.
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Rev. Arthur B. Fuller's Timeline

1822
August 10, 1822
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
1850
September 18, 1850
Age 28
1854
1854
Age 31
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
1856
February 15, 1856
Age 33
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
1859
1859
Age 36
1861
February 13, 1861
Age 38
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
1862
December 11, 1862
Age 40
Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
December 25, 1862
Age 40
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
1863
1863
Age 40
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States