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Albert H. Frost

 

Albert H. Frost was born in Monmouth, Maine on November 25, 1837.  He was the fourth child of Moses    Frost, Jr. and Clarissa (Moody) Frost.  He was almost five years old when his mother died on October 1, 1842.  Albert's father remarried in 1843 and the family remained in Monmouth until 1851 when they moved to the old Dr. Benson homestead in Winthrop. In the 1860 census for the town of Winthrop his age is listed as 23 and his occupation is listed a an oil cloth carpet painter.  It is most likely he worked at the Bailey Oil Cloth Factory which was not far from his home.  On June 4, 1861 Albert H. Frost enlisted in Company K (Winthrop Company) of the 3rd Maine Regiment.

Albert H. Frost was killed in action at the Battle of Gettysburg July  2, 1863.

Below is the story of what happened to Albert H. Frost on the day he gave his life for his country.  It was written by Gustavus A. Thompson, who was also from Winthrop and a Private in Company K of the 3rd Maine with Albert H. Frost.  This story originally appeared in Everett S. Stackpole's History of Winthrop, Maine published in 1925 pages 160-162.  Stackpole also notes that the Winthrop Grand Army of Republic Post was named in honor of Albert H. Frost.

"Albert H. Frost was the best and most patriotic man in the Company.  In the battle of Gettysburg the 3rd Maine's position was in the Peach Orchard, in the first line of battle, when we were ordered (two hundred fourteen men and one hundred sharpshooters) to go over the Emmitsburg road down across road to the woods in front of our line of battle, about one half mile.  We skirmished into the woods for some distance until the rebels opened fire on us.  We found that it was General Longstreet's Corps that faced us.  We stopped and fought them for about fifteen minutes.

The last time I saw Albert H. Frost alive I was on one knee and foot loading and firing as fast as I could.  Turning around I saw Frost putting a cap on his rifle.  He was behind a small tree about he size of a stove funnel. After that the rebels tried to get around to our rear to cut our regiment off from getting back to the line of battle.  The next thing I heard was the old General's orders to fall back double quick to the Peach Orchard. 

After the battle was over I with Andrew P. Batchelder went to the Captain and he to the Colonel and got permission to go to the woods to find Frost's body and bury it.  At that time there were forty-eight of our men lying on the battlefield, this being the second day of July 1863.

We found him face down and with many others the flesh eaten (in that hot climate) by maggots, but not so bad but that we could recognize him.  When we went to bury him, all we could find to a dig a grave was an old hoe in a small building.  The bottom of the grave was covered with empty knapsacks, then we laid our beloved brother and covered him with another knapsack, and over him as much earth as we could find.  The grave was dug at the foot of a large tree.

We then found a piece of a hard wood box cover and cut his name on it with a jackknife and nailed it to the tree at the head of his grave. He was shot in the groin and bled to death in a short time.  The rebels soon stripped him of everything he wore but his shirt and pants."

Albert H. Frost's gravestone in Maple Cemetery Winthrop, Maine

In Memory of 

Albert H

son of Moses and 

Clarissa Frost

The Soldier, patriot, and

christian, who fell at the 

Battle of Gettysburg

July 2, 1863

(A)Et 26

I have not been able to find any documentation regarding Albert H. Frost's actual resting place.  Everything that I have read still leads me to believe he is still buried in Gettysburg somewhere.