THREE-QUARTER STANDING CDV OF 4TH NEW HAMPSHIRE NCO KILLED IN ACTION

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Image shows Corporal Christopher Bodwell proudly posed with one hand resting on a table and the other on his hip. He wears a dark frock coat with corporal chevrons on each sleeve and light trousers with a thin dark leg stripe.

Photo has good clarity and contrast, however the paper does have some light foxing along one side and the mount has light surface dirt.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for YEAW & CO…LAWRENCE. Near the top in faint modern pencil is “CHRISTOPHER BODWELL.” Image ID is confirmed by another on-line photograph.

Christopher Augustus Bodwell was born in Methuen, Massachusetts on January 22, 1836. He is listed as living in Lawrence, Massachusetts when he enlisted as a Private in Company H, 1st New Hampshire Infantry for three months service. After campaigning quietly with General Patterson, Bodwell and his regiment were mustered out on August 9, 1861 at Concord, New Hampshire.

Bodwell enlisted for a second time on September 18, 1861 in Company H, 4th New Hampshire Infantry and was promoted to Corporal.

The 4th moved around quite a bit during its service. It spent most of its time with the 10th Corps in the Department of the South. Its first major action came at Pocotaligo, South Carolina. The regiment then moved to take part in the siege of Charleston where it as engaged at Fort Wagner.

On January 1, 1864 Bodwell became a re-enlisted veteran.

Moving to Virginia the regiment saw heavy action at Drewry’s Bluff on May 16, 1864. Sometime during the fighting Corporal Bodwell was killed. His body was returned to Methuen, Massachusetts and buried there in Walnut Grove Cemetery.

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