THREE-QUARTER SEATED VIEW OF CAPTAIN FRANK BIGELOW WHO SERVED IN TWO REGIMENTS

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CDV shows Bigelow seated and cradling his Model 1850 Foot Officer’s sword in the crook of his left arm. He wears a dark frock coat with Captain’s shoulder straps and light trousers with a thin leg stripe. At his waist is his sash and sword belt with a clearly visible rectangular eagle belt plate.

Image is clear with great contrast and is in very nice condition.

Reverse has a blue photographer’s decorative back mark for ALLEN…BOSTON. Top of reverse has a period pencil inscription that reads “CAPTAIN BIGELOW / JANUARY 1865.” A more modern pencil inscription at bottom reads “COMMANDER 9TH MASS. BATTERY AT GETTYSBURG.” (This inscription is incorrect.)

Frank Winthrop Bigelow was NOT the commander of the 9th Massachusetts Battery despite the inscription on the reverse of the image. He was born in Weston, Massachusetts and was 28 years old when he enlisted as a Sergeant in Company G, 13th Massachusetts on July 16, 1861. He was discharged for promotion on January 26, 1863 but while with the 13th it saw action at 2nd Bull Run, Antietam and Fredericksburg.

On January 5, 1863 Bigelow was commissioned Captain of Company L, 4th New York Cavalry but resigned on March 23, 1863.

After his resignation he returned to his home in Weston, Massachusetts where he practiced law. He died on May 25, 1904 in Oxford, England and was buried there in Rose Hill Cemetery. In 1914 his body was removed to the United States.  [ad]

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