Verrill Grand Army of the Republic hat, ca. 1870

Verrill Grand Army of the Republic hat, ca. 1870
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George Washington Verrill (1841-1908), a native of Greenwood, read law with his brother before enlisting in the 17th Maine Regiment – the Red Diamond Regiment – in July 1862.

Verrill rose to the rank of captain of Co. E and went on to the Brigade Staff. He fought in a number of battles, including Fredericksburg, the Cedars, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg.

Verrill returned to his legal studies after the war. He was a member of Bosworth Post #2 of the Grand Army of the Republic, a veteran's organization, in Portland and worked on the design and placement of a monument for the 17th Maine at Gettysburg.

His GAR hat has a red diamond-shaped badge stamped ”17” on the side to indicate the wearer was part of the 17th Maine Volunteers, known as the Red Diamond Regiment.

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