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Confederate (CSV)


Socrates J. Bosdell

(c. 1840 - ?)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Age 21, from the Abbeville District, he enlisted as a Private in Company C, 7th South Carolina Infantry on 15 April 1861. He was detailed to the Sappers and Miners in about December 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on Maryland Heights near Harpers Ferry on 13 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was in a hospital in Lynchburg, VA in October and furloughed in December. He was wounded again, at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863, and captured. He was treated at the DeCamp General Hospital on David's Island in New York Harbor until paroled in August 1863. He was sick in the Episcopal Church Hospital in Williamsburg, VA to 3 September, then detailed as a wagon driver into April 1864. He was wounded a third time, in the Wilderness, VA on 6 May 1864 and was in hospitals in Richmond, VA and Columbia, SC. He was surrendered on 26 April 1865 and paroled at Greensboro, NC on 2 May 1865.

References & notes

His service from the Rolls,1 as J. Socrates Bosdell, and Swain.2 Personal details from the 1850 US Census, as Socrates Bosdel. He's seen in some records as Socratees Bosdell and J.S. Bosdell.

His brother Stephen Ebenezer Bosdell (1846-1917) enlisted in Company G of the 7th Infantry in 1864.


c. 1840 in SC


1   Thomas, John P., and and previous SC Historians of the Confederate Records, Confederate Rolls of South Carolina, Columbia: Historian of Confederate Records, 1898, Roll of Company C, 7th Reg't Inf, South Carolina Vols.  [AotW citation 24196]

1   Swain, Sr., Glen Allan, The Bloody 7th, Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2014, pg. 441  [AotW citation 24432]

2   Swain, Sr., Glen Allan, The Bloody 7th, Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2014, pg. 440  [AotW citation 24431]