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Caspar Crowninshield
Personal Information
Born: October 23, 1837
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Died: January 10, 1897
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Allegiance: Union
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Branch: Union Army
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Rank: Brevet Brigadier General
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Commands:
  • 2nd Regiment Massachusetts Cavalry
  • Reserve Brigade, 1st Division (Merritt's), Cavalry Corps, Army of the Shenandoah
  • 1st Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Shenandoah
Battles: American Civil War
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Caspar Crowninshield (October 23, 1837 – January 10, 1897) was a volunteer officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Early life and education[]

Caspar Crowninshield was born into one of Boston's elite families.[1] The Crowninshields were known for their wealth and success in shipbuilding and maritime trade. Members of the family also held significant political positions. Caspar's grandfather, Benjamin Crowninshield had served as Secretary of the Navy under Presidents James Madison and James Monroe.[1]

Crowninshield entered Harvard College in 1856. His roommate was Robert Gould Shaw who would go on to be the colonel of the famed 54th Massachusetts Infantry—the first African-American infantry regiment. After graduating in 1860, Crowninshield spent a short time employed in the family mercantile business. The start of the Civil War interrupted his business career as Crowninshield sought out an officer's commission.[1]

Civil War service[]

Post-war life[]

See also[]

  • List of Massachusetts generals in the American Civil War

Notes[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Parson, 48.

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