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Confederate (CSA)


William Graves Crenshaw

(1824 - 1897)

Home State: Virginia

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Crenshaw (VA) Battery

Before Sharpsburg

He owned large holdings of land and slaves in Orange County and had founded the Crenshaw Woolen Mills in Richmond before the War. He raised and equipped a battery of light artillery and was 37 years old and living in Richmond when he was commissioned Captain on 14 March 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded the battery in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission on 18 April 1863, and was appointed government purchasing agent in England on 15 May 1863.

After the War

He stayed in England to 1868, and "was thereafter for many years engaged in business in New York". He was president of a saltpeter/pyrite mine in Louisa County, VA by the late 1880s.

References & notes

His service information and life details from Peter S. Carmichael's The Purcell, Crenshaw & Letcher Artillery (1991) and the Historical Data Systems database. Details from Tyler's Men of Mark in Virginia (1909) and John H. Gwathmey's Twelve Virginia Counties (1937), source of the quote above. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


07/07/1824; Richmond, VA


05/24/1897; Orange County, VA; burial in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA