Lieut Francis Welch “Crownie” Crowninshield

Lieut Francis Welch “Crownie” Crowninshield

Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 21 May 1866 (aged 23)
Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Oak Avenue Lot 3026
Memorial ID 95937141 · View Source
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Known as "Crownie" to his friends, Crowninshield (1843-1866) left Harvard during his sophomore year in 1861 and enlisted as a second lieutenant in the Second Massachusetts Infantry. Over the next four years, the regiment participated in some of the biggest battles of the war. Crowninshield suffered three wounds in action, including Winchester (May 25, 1862), Antietam (September 17, 1862), and Gettysburg (July 3, 1863). His fourth of the war occurred in Georgia at Raccoon Creek (June 6, 1864), when a guerilla shot him in the leg as he prepared to bathe in the stream.

Crowninshield barely outlived the war, dying of complications of his war wounds in 1866.

Crowninshield wears the shoulder straps of a first lieutenant and sits with a cane in this photograph taken in late 1862, when he was at home in Massachusetts recovering from a severe leg wound received during the Battle of Antietam.

Bio from Lindsay Thomas.

He was the son of Edward Augustus Crowninshield born in Salem, Massachusetts on February 25, 1817 and Caroline Maria Welch.

Family Members


Major F.W. Crowninshield
Died May 21, 1866
Aged 23 yrs.
"Sans Peur et Sans Reproche"



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