Colonel Caspar Crowninshield (USA)

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Caspar Crowninshield

Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA
Place of Burial: Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of George Casper Crowninshield and Harriet Elizabeth Crowninshield
Brother of Frances "Fanny" Cadwallader Crowninshield and Cora Crowninshield

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About Colonel Caspar Crowninshield (USA)

Born: Oct. 23, 1837 Boston, Mass. Died: Jan. 10, 1897 Boston, Mass. From: Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans 1904

Caspar Crowninshield, soldier, was born in Boston, Mass., Oct. 23, 1837; son of George C. and Harriet (Sears) Crowninshield; grandson of David and Miriam Sears, and a descendant of Kuyvet Sears, the pilgrim. He was prepared for college in the Boston schools and was graduated at Harvard in 1860. In 1861 he received a commission as captain in the 20th Massachusetts battalion of infantry, and after serving a few months in the field was transferred to the 1st Massachusetts cavalry, serving in South Carolina and Virginia. In 1863 he was appointed senior major in the 2d Massachusetts cavalry, was promoted lieutenant-colonel, and in October, 1864, colonel, succeeding Col. Charles Russell Lowell in the command of the famous "Reserve Brigade." He served with Sheridan through all the campaigns in the Shenandoah valley and in the Appomattox campaign, and was present at Lee's surrender. He was brevetted brigadier-general for gallant and meritorious services, May 20, 1865, and was mustered out of service June 20, 1865. He was married Nov. 11, 1868, to Elizabeth Copley Greene, and of his children Harriet Sears became the wife of David H. Coolidge, Jr., landscape architect, and Elizabeth Copley the wife of George Lee Peabody, both of Boston. He died in Boston, Mass., Jan. 10, 1897.


Johnson, Rossiter, ed. Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans. Vol. I-X. Boston, MA, USA: The Biographical Society, 1904.

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October 23, 1837
Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA
January 10, 1897
Age 59
Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA
Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States