Lemuel L. Crocker(1829 - 1885)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 118th Pennsylvania Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
He went to Philadelphia in 1851, and enrolled as 1st Lieutenant in Company C of the 118th Pennsylvania Infantry on 16 August 1862.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was in action at Shepherdstown on 20 September, and was promoted to Captain and sent to command Company K on the death of Captain Saunders there. On September 21 ...
The sensibilities of Lieutenant Lemuel L. Crocker had been aroused by the necessary abandonment of the dead and wounded, left uncared for and unattended in the precipitate withdrawal. He entreated Colonel [James] Barnes so earnestly for permission to go and care for the forsaken ones, that the colonel, fully comprehending the impropriety of the request, at last reluctantly consented to present it to General Fitz-John Porter, the corps commander. It met with a flat, emphatic refusal. There was no communication with the enemy, and it was not proposed to open any. War was war, and this was neither the time nor the occasion for sentiment or sympathy. But Crocker was not to be deterred in his errand of mercy, and, in positive disregard of instructions, proceeded with deliberately, full accoutred with sword, belt and pistol, to cross the river at the breast of the dam. It was a novel spectacle for an officer, armed with all he was entitled to carry, to thus commence a lonesome advance against a whole army corps. Bound upon an unauthorized mission of peace and humanity, a little experience might have taught him his reception would have been more cordial if he had left his weapons at home. Still, it was Crocker's heart at work, and its honest, manly beats bade him face the danger.
The remainder of the War:
He resigned his commission on 26 February 1864, probably to care for his very ill wife.
After the War:
After the War he lived in Buffalo, New York. He ran cattle depots for the New York Central Railroad, and was in fertilizer and brewing businesses.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Biographical information, the story of his post-battle actions, and his picture - an etching from a photo - from Smith1.
|Place of Birth: Albany, NY |
Burial Place: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY
1 Smith, John L., and Survivor's Association, History of the Corn Exchange Regiment, 118th Pennsylvania Volunteers, 2nd Edition, Philadelphia: J.L. Smith, Map Publisher, 1905, pp. 76-77, 133 (pic), 640, 694 [AotW citation 1980]
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