|Close-up of George Crosby's memorial marker. Only 19 years old, he was mortally wounded|
at the Battle of Antietam. He died at the home of his parents in Middle Haddam, Conn.
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|Crosby's gravestone at Union Hill Cemetery in East Hampton, Conn.|
|George Crosby's memorial and gravestone |
at Union Hill Cemetery in East Hampton, Conn.
Crosby's marker isn't as damaged as 16th Connecticut captain Newton Manross', but a few more Connecticut winters could take a terrible toll. Like so many other young men who suffered at Antietam, this kid deserves to be remembered. Perhaps we can marshal a few folks to clean up his memorial in time for the 150th anniversary of his death on Oct. 22. Struck by a bullet that sliced through his side and punctured his lungs, Crosby died 37 days after Antietam at the home of his parents in Middle Haddam.
"From the beginning of the battle till he received his death wound, he fought nobly, encouraging his men and leading them on," the Middletown Constitution reported on Oct. 29, 1862. "And for a half hour after he was wounded, while he lay helpless on the ground, without regarding his own condition, he kept constantly exhorting his comrades to do their duty."
|Crosby's image appears in the 1865 Wesleyan University album.|