Col. George W. West, Portland, 1862

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George W. West, a native of Lowell, Massachusetts, enlisted in the 5th Massachusetts Infantry, then resigned to become a captain in the 10th Maine Infantry in October 1861.

He was commissioned into Co. S of the 17th Maine in July 1862 as a full major. He was promoted to colonel in October 1863 and commanded the 17th Maine until 1865.

West (1832-1899) was promoted to brigadier general for bravery at the battle of Antietam.

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  • Title: Col. George W. West, Portland, 1862
  • Creator: A. M. McKenney, Portland
  • Creation Date: circa 1862
  • Subject Date: circa 1862
  • Location: Somerville, MA
  • Media: Carte de visite
  • Dimensions: 10 cm x 6 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 2293, Carte de visite album
  • Collection: Capt. Granville F. Sparrow Civil War collection
  • Object Type: Image

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