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F.W. Crowninshield

F.W. Crowninshield

Federal (USV)


Francis Welch Crowninshield


(1843 - 1866)

Home State: Massachusetts

Education: Harvard

Command Billet: Company Officer

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

Then a student at Harvard, he enrolled as 2nd Lieutenant, Company H, 2nd Massachusetts Infantry in February 1862 (commission to date from 25 December 1861), and joined his Regiment at Frederick, MD. He was wounded in action at Winchester, VA on 25 May 1862. Promoted to First Lieutenant on 10 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the leg in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

Promoted Captain, Company H on 30 March 1863. Wounded again, at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863, and at Raccoon Creek, GA on 6 June 1864. Mustered out with his Company on 14 July 1865 at Washington, DC.

After the War

In the Fall of 1865 he travelled to Europe with two Harvard classmates. He died of lingering effects of his wounds in Rome in 1866.

More on the Web

Basic service data from Soldiers1. Details from T.W. Higginson's Harvard Memorial Biographies (Vol. 2, 1867) and family genealogists. His picture from one posted by Lindsay Thomas on his gravesite at Findagrave (probably from a CDV in the collection of Ron Coddington, on Flickr).


05/12/1843; Boston, MA


05/21/1866; Rome, ITALY; burial in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 1, pg. 122  [AotW citation 14392]