Saturday, November 17, 2007

Frederick P. Bossardett

Frederick P. Bossardett, also known as “Boppardett”, born in 1832, possibly in France.

Frederick apparently came to Kent County from Greenfield, (probably) Wayne County, sometime before the war. In fact, Frederick may have been the same Frederick “Bozardy”, age 28, who, in 1860, was working as a day laborer for the George Knight family in Walker, Kent County. (It is not too far away lived George and Susan Nardin, who were married in Kent County in 1857. Susan’s maiden name was Bosardis and she was born in France in 1836. In 1860 the only other Bosardis’ listed in the Michigan census records were living in Greenfield, Wayne County: 25-year-old James Bosardis, 67-year-old Peter Bosardis, his wife Mary, age 56, and their two children Charles, age 28 and Fredric (?), age 16, all born in France.)

Frederick was 29 years old and probably living in Kent County when he enlisted in Company F on May 13, 1861. He was reported on picket duty during the months of September and October, 1861, and again in January and February of 1862. He may have been wounded in one of his upper legs, and probably taken prisoner on or about July 1, 1862 at Malvern Hill, Virginia. He was soon paroled and sent to the hospital at City Point, Virginia, then transferred to a hospital in New York City where he arrived on July 29 aboard the steamer Commodore; at some point, he suffered the amputation of his wounded leg.

Sometime in August Frederick was hospitalized at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he died of his wounds on either September 1 or 2, 1862, and was buried in Philadelphia National Cemetery: section B, grave 332.

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