Orin E. Fifield was born in 1840 in New York, the son of New York native Charles P. (1812-1859) and Vermonter Eliza (b. 1815).
Charles and Eliza settled in New York by 1833 when their son John was born and where they resided for many years. By 1840 Charles (elder) was living in Pierrepont, St. Lawrence County, New York; and by 1850 Oren was attending school with several of his siblings and living on the family farm in Pierrepont, St. Lawrence County, New York. Sometime between 1850 and 1857 (when their daughters Emma and Alice were born) the family had settled in Michigan but after 1858 had moved to Illinois. By 1860 Orin, listed as “no occupation.” was living with his mother who was working as a farmer along with several siblings on a farm in Otto, Kankakee County, Illinois.
Orin was 21 years old and had probably just arrived in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from Iroquois County, Illinois when he enlisted in Company C on May 13, 1861. From January of 1863 through October he was probably employed as a teamster serving with the ambulance corps.
Orin was reportedly killed in action at Mine Run, Virginia, on November 30, 1863, and was presumably among the unknown soldiers buried there.
No pension seems to be available.