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Crosby, William


Age: 18, credited to Colchester, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: enl 9/6/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. D, 13th VT INF, wdd, Gettysburg, 7/3/63 (gsw, head), m/o 7/21/63

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Birth: 05/27/1848, County Wexford, Ireland
Death: 12/08/1931

Burial: Prospect Cemetery, Vergennes, VT
Marker/Plot: 50
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Alan Lathrop
Findagrave Memorial #: 42141182


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: 13th VT INF, off-site
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: 13th Vt. History off-site


2nd Great Granduncle of Peter Crosby, Huntington, VT

Great Granduncle of Mary Crosby Blair, South Burlington, VT

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Prospect Cemetery, Vergennes, VT

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Col. Crosby Buried with Military Rites.

Last Survivor of Ethan Allen Post, Vergennes, Vt., Was at Gettysburg.

Dec. 13--Final military tribute was accorded yesterday to Col. William Crosby. last survivor of Ethan Allen post, Grand Army of the Republic , who died at his home on Green street Tuesday after a long illness. The funeral mass was celebrated yesterday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Peter's church, with Rev. L. A. Vezina of Rutland, Vt., former pastor, officiating.

The bearers were Dr. C. H. Cole, Howard W. Adams, Clinton McCormack, Henry Adams, Raymond Slack and John McEvilea, members of the Vergennes post, American Legion. Floral tributes were received from friends and organizations. Col. Crosby was born in Westford (sic), Ireland, May 27, 1848, son of Thomas and Anastasia Powers Crosby. He came to Montreal with his parents when he was two years old. The family later moved to Burlington, Vt. where Crosby entered business as a plumber and tinsmith. Although not legal age when the Civil War broke out he enlisted with the 9th regiment, but when the company left for Washington his father's objections prevented him from accompanying the regiment. He attempted to join the First Vermont cavalry without success. With his parent's consent he enlisted as a private under Capt. Munson in the 13th Vermont regiment, September 6, 1862.

Ford's Old Mill
Wolf Run Shoals, VA, 1863
(Valentinetti Collection)

Crosby took active part with the Second Vermont brigade at Wolf Run Shoals, Va., and was wounded in the battle of Gettysburg. After his discharge from the service in July, 1863, he returned to Burlington, Vt. where he married Miss Catherine O' Neill of Keeseville, NY. They moved to Vergennes, Vt. Five of their six children survive: Mrs. Frances Ramsay, Miss Ada Crosby and Mrs. Catherine Garno of Vergennes, Vt., Milo Crosby of Oakdale, Cal., and Charles Crosby of Chicago.

Two years after Mrs. Crosby's death in 1881, Crosby married Miss Catherine Gordon of Vergennes, Vt. They had one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Horsford of Charlotte, Vt. The second Mrs. Crosby died in 1918. Burial was in Prospect cemetery, where full military honors were accorded. Rev. G. E. L'Eeuyer officiated at the grave, after which the legion committal service was conducted by Wesley Smith. Taps were sounded and a volley fired in salute. The flag of Ethan Ellen post, which Col. Crosby carried for several years as standard bearer, was draped upon the casket.

Source: Rutland Herald, Monday, Dec. 14, 1931.

Contributed by Joan H. Bixby.

13th Vermont Regimental History

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