October 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
Following their late September, 1862 care for the battlefield dead at Antietam, Anson Croman and the 20th Michigan were stationed near Sharpsburg, Maryland.
On October 8, 1862 Abraham Lincoln reviewed the 20th Michigan Infantry Regiment.
That is most likely time when Anson Croman shook Abraham Lincoln’s hand.
Years later, Anson would proudly invite his great-grandchildren to “shake the hand that shook Lincoln’s”.
The above drawing may be the best contemporary illustration of Abraham Lincoln shaking hands with the troops.
It is not of Anson or the 20th Michigan.
Assistant topographical engineer Lt. Charles Wellington Reed drew this of other soldiers and another unit at City Point, Virginia in 1865.
At the time and place of this sketch, the 20th Michigan was stationed a few miles to the west in the siege…
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October 2, 2012 § Leave a comment
One hundred and fifty years ago, Anson Croman’s and the 20th Michigan Infantry Regiment’s first assignment was to the Antietam battlefield to care for the bodies of the at least 3,650 Union and Confederate killed.
While not specifying which units were involved, the Public Broadcasting System’s documentary Death and the Civil War by Ric Burns includes a report on that work.
Anson Croman is our family’s Civil War ancestor, my 2nd great-grandfather-in-law.
For more information:
Death and Dying By Drew Gilpin Faust in Civil War Era National Cemeteries: Honoring Those Who Served, National Park Service