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Calvin Crouse
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Birth: Jun. 8, 1830
Randolph County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Aug. 8, 1909
Harrison County
Missouri, USA

Son of Martin Crouse & Anna Susanah(Waggoner) Crouse. Married Christena Greenwood Oct 27, 1856. After she died, Oct 2, 1893 he married Mrs. Harriette Woodruff on May 21, 1895.


Rank PVT Company F Unit 46 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence CLAY CITY, CLAY CO, IL Age 31 Height 5' 8 1/2 Hair DARK
Eyes BLUE Complexion DARK Marital
Nativity ASH CO, NC

Service Record
Joined When: OCT 4, 1861 Joined Where CLAY CITY, IL
Joined By Whom: THOS WAKEFIELD Period 3 YRS
Muster In: DEC 30, 1861 Muster In Where CAMP BUTLER, IL




Calvin Crouse was born in North Carolina on June 8, 1830 and became a resident of Indiana in 1834. In 1851 he moved to Illinois, but in 1868 he moved to Missouri, where he now is buried at Cainsville. On November 9, 1857, he was married to Christina Greenwood, and the result of this union was eleven children and thirteen grandchildren. Calvin Crouse served his country in the late unpleasantness, enlisting in Company F, 46th Illinois Volunteers, Infantry, on January 1, 1862. He had been out about six months when he received a serious gunshot wound, which resulted in the loss of his left eye.

Calvin Crouse, was in the Battle at Fort Donelson and the Battle at Shiloh. In his declaration for invalid pension, he stated he was wounded at Shiloh in the head, the ball striking him near the center of the forehead as he had his head bent forward in the act of capping his gun and varying down entirely destroying the right eye and coming out of the right cheek shattering the cheek bone. Pauline Beard reports that as Calvin lay on the battle field and they were picking up the wounded, he told them "I'm done for, leave me and take the next fellow." When they came back for more wounded they found him still alive and took him to the care center and he lived to father a large family.

Calvin's son, Henry, was four years old when his father came home from the war. In those days there was no communication and Calvin just walked in unannounced. Henry went running to the house and his mother asking "Who is that old man with a patch on his eye?"



Submitter: Norma Hagan Sollman
Source: Cainsville News, Aug 1909

Calvin Crouse Mustered Out

The death of Calvin Crouse at the family home north of town on last Sunday morning Aug 8, 1909, while not unexpected since the critical surgical operation at St Joseph, yet it saddened our whole community. He has lived here more than 40 years and is widely and favorably known.

He was born in North Caro., June 8, 1830, and was one of 9 brothers to enlist for the preservation of the Union, he and his brother, Eli, in Co. F 46th Ill. Vol. Inft. He participated in two battles - Fort Donelson and Shiloh - losing an eye in the latter engagement and the wound never healed.

He was married first to Miss Christiana Greenwood Oct 27, 1856, and to this union 11 children were born, all of whom are living and need no introduction to our people. His first wife died Oct 2, 1893. On May 21, 1895, he married to Mrs. Harriette Woodruff who survives him.

The deceased came to Mercer co., MO in 1868 and two years later moved to Harrison co., locating near this city where he has continued to reside. His was a strong personality, a man of positive habits, rarely changing his views; an obliging nabor, industrious, and of wonderful energy. He managed well and accumulated a fine fortune, but it did not change the man; he remained plain, positive and unassuming.

As a rule he looked upon the bright side of life, was full of good cheer, and one you were glad to meet. He carried his wound received in defense of his country with pleasurable pride. He was a strong partisan, but welcomed fair combat. He never made a profession of religion, but was ever ready to do kindly deeds for those in need. Four of his sons lived so far off that they could not attend the funeral.

Memorial services were conducted from the late home 1 1/2 miles northwest of town by the writer, assisted by Rev. W. H. Harper, from Ecl. 12-7--"Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was and the spirit unto God who gave it." The parting look taken, and then slowly we bore his remains to the beautiful Oakland Cemetery and laid them to rest beside his faithful companion gone before. The pallbearers were mostly members of the G.A.R. of whom he was always proud.

For several years he lived in Cainsville but he loved the farm and enjoyed farming. He had a 400-acre farm of rich valley land very productive except in such wet seasons as this. He had a large and comfortable home together with barns, out-buildings, etc., and fixed to live easily. He made a brave fight for his life, but death conquered.
May the peace of God attend his loved ones, is my prayer...J. H. Burrows

Family links: 
  Martin Crouse (1797 - 1883)
  Susanna Waggoner Crouse (1797 - 1881)
  Christena Greenwood Crouse (1839 - 1893)
  Harriett Ann Alexander Crouse (1848 - 1929)
  Henry Wade Crouse (1857 - 1920)*
  Martin Van Buren Crouse (1859 - 1942)*
  Fredric Crouse (1861 - 1936)*
  William Sherman Crouse (1873 - 1961)*
  Charlie Crouse (1877 - 1967)*
  Orville Crouse (1881 - 1970)*
  Harve Calvin Crouse (1885 - 1955)*
  Winston Crouse (1820 - 1898)*
  Eveline Crouse Houk (1821 - 1915)*
  Frances Crouse Suffle (1823 - ____)*
  William Crouse (1825 - 1862)*
  Eli Crouse (1827 - 1912)*
  Jacob Crouse (1829 - 1829)*
  Calvin Crouse (1830 - 1909)
  Andrew Crouse (1834 - 1913)*
  Stephen Crouse (1836 - 1929)*
  Henry Crouse (1839 - 1864)*
  Benjamin Crouse (1841 - 1929)*
  Harrison Crows (1843 - 1932)*
  Frederick Crouse (1845 - 1917)*
  Susan Crouse Trimmer (1848 - 1929)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: On same stone with Christena Crouse.
Oaklawn Cemetery
Mercer County
Missouri, USA
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Record added: Sep 06, 2007
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Calvin Crouse
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Calvin Crouse
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