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Crosby, George R.

Age: 26, credited to Brattleboro, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 9/14/61, m/i 11/19/61, PVT, Co. F, 1st VT CAV, reen 12/30/63, pr CPL 1/18/64, pow, Wilderness, 5/5/64, Andersonville, prld 2/16/65, pr SGT 3/1/65, tr to Co. D, 6/21/65, m/o 8/9/65

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Birth: 11/20/1835, Glover, VT
Death: 05/23/1908

Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 135376214
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Agnes
Portrait?: crosby
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None

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George R. Crosby died Saturday, after several weeks illness with pneumonia and complications. He was born in Glover, Nov. 20, 1835, the son of Hezekiah and phila Richardson Crosby.

When 16 went to Littleton to learn carriage and sign making. A few years later he went to Lyndon where he had charge of the paint work in the Miller carriage shop. About 1855 he came to St Johnsbury and with the late Frank Rowell had a paint shop in the old Passumpsic House.

January 16, 1860 he married Helen Brown of Hanover, and they went to Brattleboro to live, Sept. 14, 1860, at Brattleboro, he enlisted as private in Co. F., 1st Vermont Cavalry, and re-enlisted December 30, 1863. He was promoted Corporal Jan. 18, 1864, and Sergeant, March 1, 1865. The 1st, Vermont cavalry formed part of the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac. He participated in about 40 battles, including, Jackson, Va., Winchester, Culpepper Court House, Second Bull Run, Aldan, Va., Gettysburg, Hagerstown, Brandy Station, Mechanicsville, Craigs Church, and the Wilderness campaign. May 5, 1864 he was captured and confined in military prison at Andersonville and Florence for nine months, during which time he lost 110 pounds. On his release he was in a hospital at Brattleboro several months, then able to join his family at Lebanon.

In 1870 they moved back to St. Johnsbury, and for 15 years he had charge of the paint shop in the John D. Miller carriage factory. For ten years he was the janitor of the school houses on Summer Street, and for 17 years janitor of the North Church. He was elected constable and tax collector in 1897, and has held those offices ever since He was a member of the North Congregational Church, and Chamberlin Post G. A. Rr, serving the post as Commander several years.

In 1865 he joined Masonic Lodge F. & A. M. at lyndon, and about the same time he became an Odd Fellow. Later he transferred his membership to the St. Johnsbury lodge. He was a member of Haswell Royal Arch Chapter; Caledonia Council No. 13, Palestine Commandery No. 5, K.T. ; Mizpah Lodge of Perfection 14, of which he was secretary for many years, Mt. Sinai Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Eureka Lodge, Lodge of Honor, of which he was Grand Dictator, and representative to the Supreme Lodge, Maple Star Chapter, O.E.S., and Olive Branch Lodge, D.A.R.

Mrs. Crosby died Nov. 7, 1880, leaving two children who survive their father, Addie E., widow of the late Ernest W. Comstock, and Fred Crosby of Vergennes. Two children, Harry and Charles, died in infancy. May 1, 1884 he married Agnes Wood of St. Albans. They had two children, Allen Hebert, and Addison, who died in infancy.

The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at the house, conducted by his pastor Rev. George W. C. Hill, and was largely attended. Music was furnished by the North Church quartette choir, and there was a profusion of floral tributes. From many of the fraternal societies and individuals, Passumpsic Lodge acted as escort to the grave, and burial services were in charge of Chamberlin Post. Mr. Crosby had probably as wide an acquaintance in St. Johnsbury, with people of all ages, as any person in town, Possessed with a genial temperament his popularity was attested by the fact he led the ticket at every town and village meeting. As a town officer he was faithful to the last, and he leaves a wide circle of friends to mourn his loss.

St. Johnsbury Caledonian, May 27, 1908
Courtesy of Deanna French