Olmsted, Frederic S., b. 1837
Rank : Corporal
Regiment : 23rd Connecticut Infantry Regiment. Co. K (1862-1863)
Service : 1862 September 10-1863 September 5
Frederic Olmsted of New Fairfield, Connecticut, left his wife and young son to enlist in Company K of the 23rd Connecticut Infantry on September 10, 1862, intending to serve a tour of 9 months in the Union Army. The regiment was assigned to Nathaniel P. Banks' Expedition to Louisiana, and Olmsted spent the majority of his enlistment there, overseeing plantations owned by Tobias Gibson, of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana.
In June 1863, Olmsted and several other members of his regiment were taken prisoner during two days of skirmishing at Brashear, Louisiana. They were soon paroled and sent to Algiers, Louisiana, where they were put up in an old iron foundry under miserable conditions. Afterwards, they were moved to Ship Island, which, during the summer of 1863, was used briefly as a reception center for paroled Union soldiers. Olmsted then returned to Connecticut, by way of Cairo, Illinois, arriving home in August 1863. He obtained his discharge papers and mustered out of the army on September 5, 1863.