Rank and organization:   First Lieutenant, Company F, 20th Maine Infantry.
Place and date:   At Five Forks, Va., 1 April 1865.
Entered service at:   Winterport,
Birth:   Winterport, Maine.
Date of issue:   10 May 1865.
During a rush at the enemy, Lt. Fernald seized, during a scuffle, the flag
of the 9th Virginia Infantry (C.S.A.).
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)