Frederic W. Bosworth portrait, Portland, ca. 1868

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Pvt. Frederic William Bosworth of Portland was 19 when he enlisted in Co. A of the 17th Maine on August 18, 1862. Appointed sergeant major, he was killed one year later, on August 15, 1863 at Wapping Heights, Virginia, the only 17th Maine casualty in that battle.

His portrait, along with a printed eulogy, hung on the wall of the Bosworth Post #2 Grand Army of the Republic hall on Free Street in Portland.

The son of the Rev. George W. and Louisa Bosworth, Frederic had wanted to enlist earlier, but was deemed too young. After joining the 17th Maine, he did clerical work for the regiment and brigade before being appointed sergeant major and returning to his regiment.

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  • Title: Frederic W. Bosworth portrait, Portland, ca. 1868
  • Creation Date: circa 1868
  • Subject Date: circa 1868
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Charcoal, paper, wood, glass
  • Dimensions: 74 cm x 63 cm
  • Local Code: 1998.244.13
  • Collection: Bosworth Post GAR
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Historical Society
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