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Confederate (CSV)


John William Crabtree

(1842 - 1932)

Home State: Texas

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Texas Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He came to Texas from Missouri in the 1850s and was a farmer on his widowed mother's place at Corsicana by 1860. He enlisted in Navarro County, TX as a Private in Company I, 4th Texas Infantry on 17 July 1861 and was wounded on 1 July 1862 at Malvern Hill, VA.

On the Campaign

He was in action with his Company at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September and at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was on detached duty with the Provost Guard at Hamilton Crossing and "C.C.H" (Culpeper Court House, VA?) from February to at least June 1963 and was surrendered and paroled at Appomattox Court House, VA on 9 April 1865.

After the War

By 1870 he was back farming in Corsicana, TX, but by 1880 and for the rest of his long life farmed a small place in Van Zandt County, probably at Stone Point. He began receiving a small Confederate pension in 1913.

References & notes

Service information from Davis,1 as J.W. Crabtree, his Compiled Service Records,2 and the Brigade Casualty List of 13 July 1862 for action on 1 July; the last two via fold3. Personal details from family genealogists, notably Della Dale Smith-Pistelli online at Geni. His gravesite is on Findagrave; his modern government stone has him serving in the 19th Brigade, Texas State Troops - the military district for home guard Militia in Navarro, Ellis, Freestone and Limestone counties. If he was enrolled in the Militia, it could only have been for a very short time between April and July 1861.


10/19/1842; Benton, MO


08/23/1931; Canton, TX; burial in Elm Grove Cemetery, Roddy, TX


1   Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, pp. 163 - 164  [AotW citation 1894]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 26920]