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Federal (USA)


George Washington Crabb

(1840 - 1907)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 5th United States Artillery, Battery A

Before Antietam

He enlisted as Private in Company I, Second Pennsylvania Infantry on 20 April 1861 and served with them to 2 July 1861. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 5th US Artillery on 14 May 1861.

On the Campaign

He was honored by brevet to First Lieutenant on 17 September 1862 for action at Antietam. He was cited for doing his "duty in the best manner" at Antietam in Lt. Muhlenberg's Report.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 22 February 1863. He received his second brevet, to Captain, on April 1865 for his actions during the seige of Petersburg.

After the War

He continued in Regular Army service, and was promoted Captain on 17 April 1881. He retired at the rank of Major on 8 March 1898.

References & notes

Service data from Heitman1 and Bates2. Details from family genealogists and the U. S. Army Register (1908).

More on the Web

President Lincoln signed his formal Commission in August 1861 (sold by Bauman Rare Books).


1840 in PA


04/13/1907; Ft. Sheridan, IL; burial in Ft. Sheridan Post Cemetery, Highland Park, IL


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 332  [AotW citation 13528]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 13529]