July 29: 150th Anniversary of the 1862 enlistment of Anson Croman

Anson Croman

Anson Croman

July 29 is the 150th anniversary of our Civil War ancestor Anson Croman’s 1862 enlistment into Company F of the 20th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He enlisted at Marshall, Michigan for three years.

At the time, Anson lived in Waterloo, Michigan. The regiment was organized at the county seat in Jackson.

Anson stated he was 18, the legal enlistment age. Since he was born in December, 1844, he was actually 17 years old and was five months shy of 18.

He reported for duty on August 18, 1862.

Enlistees in mid-1862 seemed to be motivated by a patriotic desire to preserve the Union rather than for enlistment bonuses. While enlistees had mixed feelings about the abolition of slavery, race relations and civil rights for African-Americans, most did not want their free labor to be in competition with slavery.

Anson Croman’s daughter Susie married Jakob Musbach’s (German spelling: Musßach) son Eilert. Susie (Croman) and Eilert Musbach are Bessie (Musbach) Mitchell’s parents and Marjorie (Mitchell) Robinson’s grandparents.

Anson is my wife’s 2nd great grandfather.


Tags: , ,

One Response to “July 29: 150th Anniversary of the 1862 enlistment of Anson Croman”

  1. Leonard H. Cizewski Says:

    Reblogged this on Anson Croman and the American Civil War.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: