Lieutenant Frank Keller 208th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Mortally Wounded

Mortally wounded at Fort Steadman


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Carte view identified as Lieutenant Frank W. Keller of the 208th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Raised during the late summer and early fall of 1864 for a 1 year term, Keller would be commissioned into Company D in September of that year. The regiment would spend the remainder of 1864 doing fatigue duty and drilling before joining the Army of the Potomac. In February of 1865, the men of the 208th would find themselves forming a line of battle behind a fortified position during the Battle of Hatcher’s Run. They would however fail to participate in the battle. Their first real taste of battle would come at Fort Steadman the following month. The 208th would put up a stiff resistance suffering 4 men killed and another 38 wounded. Keller would number among them. Mortally wounded during the fight he would succumb to the wound the following day. Seated view of Keller dressed in his frock and wearing his lieutenants shoulder boards. An old pencil inscription on the reverse of the view reads “Frank Keler he was kill on the 25th of March 1865”. Back marked by A. G. Keel of Harrisoure with a tax stamp.

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