h/o Helen Brown
h/o Agnes Wood
FROM THE VERMONT HISTORICAL SOCIETY WEB PAGE
George R. Crosby Diaries
George R. Crosby of Brattleboro, Vermont, enlisted in September, 1861, as a private in Co. F. of the 1st Vermont Cavalry. He re-enlisted in December 1863, was taken prisoner in May 1864, and was imprisoned in the infamous Andersonville Prison. He was paroled in December of the same year, and mustered out in August, 1865.
The entries in the diaries span the period of April 1, 1863, to June, 1865. They are, for the most part, brief; however, Crosby made separate, longer entries in a blank notebook for a brief period in early 1864 between capture and imprisonment. In this longer format he writes of his regiment's raid on Richmond (February 28, 1864) and of his experiences from the date of his capture at the beginning of the Battle of the Wilderness (May 5, 1864) to his eventual imprisonment at Andersonville, May 22, 1864.
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Transcription of diary entries
St. Johnsbury Caledonian. volume, May 27, 1908, Page 4, Image 4
George K. Crosby died Saturday, after several
weeks' illness with pneumonia and complications.
He was born in Glover, Nov. 20, 1835, the son
of Hezekiah and Phila Richardson Crosby.
When 16 years old he went to Littleton to
learn carriage and sign painting. A few years
later he went to Lyndon where he had charge
of the paint work in the Miller carriage shop.
About 1855 he came to St. Johnsbury and with
the late Frank Rowell had a paint shop
in the old Passumpsic House. January
16, 1860 he married Helen Brown of
Hanover and they went to Brattleboro
to live. September 14, 1860 at Brattleboro
he enlisted as private in Co. F, 1st
Vt. Cavalry and re-enlisted December
30, 1863. He was promoted corporal,
Jan. 18, 1864, and sargeant March 1,
1865. The First Vermont Cavalry
formed part of the cavalry corps of the
Army of the Potomac. He participated
in about 40 battles including Jackson,
Va., Winchester, Culpepper Court House,
Second Bull Run, Aldai, Va., Gettysburg,
Hagerstown, Brandy Station, Mechanicsville,
Craig's Church and in the Wilderness campaign.
May 5, 1864 he was captured and confined in
military prison at Andersonville and Florence
for nine months, during which time he lost
110 pounds. On his release he was in a
hospital at Brattleboro for several
months, then able to join his family at
In 1870 they moved back to St. Johnsbury and
for 15 years Mr. Crosby had charge of the
paint shop in John H. Miller's carriage factory.
For ten years he was janitor of the school
houses on Summer street and for 17 years janitor
of the North church. He was elected constable
and tax collector in 1897 and has held those
offices ever since, he served as fire warden
in 1895. He was a member of the North
Congregational church, and Chamberlin Post.
G. A. R , serving the post as commander for
several years. In 1865 he joined Mascoma Lodge.
F.& A. M., at Lebanon and at about the same time
became an Odd Fellow. Later he transferred his
membership to the St. Johnsbury lodges.
He was a member of Haswell Royal Arch Chapter;
Caledonia Council No. 13; Palestine Commandery
No 5, K. T. Mizpah Lodge of Perfection 14°; of
which he was secretary for many years;
Mt. Calvary Council, 16°; Mt. Sinai Temple,
Nobles Eureka Lodge, which he was Grand Dictator
and representative to the supreme lodge; Mystic
Star Chapter, O. E. S., and Olive Branch
Lodge, D. of R.
Mrs. Crosby died Nov. 17. 1880 leaving two
children who survive their father, Addie E.,
widow of the late Ernest W. Comstock and
Fred M. Crosby of Vergennes. Two children,
Harry and Charles died in infancy. May 1, 1884
he married Agnes M. Wood of St. Albans.
They had two children, Allen Herbert
and Addison Preston who died in infancy.
The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at
the house, conducted by his pastor, Rev.
George W. C. Hill, and was largely attended.
Music was furnished by the North church
quartette choir and there was a profusion of
floral tributes from many of the fraternal
societies and individuals. Passumpsic Lodge acted
as escort to the grave and the burial service
was in charge of Chamberlin Post. The
bearers were H. A. Bartlett, F. G. Bundy,
Henry Howard, H. W. Blodgett, L. W.
Fisher and Charles Ross.
Those called here from out of town included
Fred M. Crosby of Vergennes, Mr.
and Mrs. A. K. Crosby of Attleboro,
Mass., Mr. and Mrs. William Smith of
East Concord, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon
Vance of North Danville, Martin Abbott
of Cabot. George E. Comstock and D. T.
Comstock of Barton.
Mr. Crosby had probably as wide an
acquaintance in St. Johnsbury with people of
all ages as any person in town.
Possessed of a genial temperament his
popularity was attested by the fact that
he led the ticket at every town and village
meeting. As a town officer he was
faithful to the last and he leaves a wide
circle of friends to mourn his loss.
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