South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 14, 1864|
Henry Crosson, described as having a black complexion, with black eyes and black hair, stood six feet tall.
He was born, aobut 1825, somewhere in South Carolina.
He enlisted in the Union Army, at the age of 39, and was assigned to Company E of the 28th Infantry Regiment, United States Colored Troops (USCT).
Per his National Archive records, he was listed as a Deserter, on 30 April, 1864, while still in Indianapolis for initial muster and training.
He was apprehended by a Provost Marshall, and returned to the military authorities, in Indianapolis. The record reflects that he tried to escape again, while in custody.
His pay was docked thirty dollars, to pay the Provost Marshall's "fee."
When the unit moved out to Washington, D.C., Henry was left behind, still in custody.
In time, he was sent with several other "raw" unassigned recruits, under lock and guard, to the greater Washington D.C. area, to re-join his unit.
Once he was back in the regimental-fold, there were no more documented disciplinary problems.
Henry's is not a "glory story."
Rather, as the Siege of Petersburg dragged on, he fell ill.
He must have suffered through his sickness, soldiering on the best he could, as his records do not relfect Absent Sick, or an extended stay in any hospital.
What his records do reflect, is that on the 14th of October, 1864, he succumbed to Cronic Rheumatism; another name, at the time, for Tuburculosis.
He was buried in a make-shift cemetery behind the house used as a temporary field hospital.
I am creating this "cemetery" to honor the ultimate sacrifice that Henry and the other men buried in this lost, but still-sacred, ground, made.
Henry may not have been the "ideal" soldier.
But, his lot in life is not ours to judge ...
Rest in peace Henry ...
You are not forgotten sir.
Parks Station House
Created by: 1_Heavilin
Record added: Aug 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95681747