Following their late September, 1862 care for the battlefield dead at Antietam, Anson Croman and the 20th Michigan were stationed near Sharpsburg, Maryland.
On October 8, 1862 Abraham Lincoln reviewed the 20th Michigan Infantry Regiment.
That is most likely time when Anson Croman shook Abraham Lincoln’s hand.
Years later, Anson would proudly invite his great-grandchildren to “shake the hand that shook Lincoln’s”.
The above drawing may be the best contemporary illustration of Abraham Lincoln shaking hands with the troops.
It is not of Anson or the 20th Michigan.
Assistant topographical engineer Lt. Charles Wellington Reed drew this of other soldiers and another unit at City Point, Virginia in 1865.
At the time and place of this sketch, the 20th Michigan was stationed a few miles to the west in the siege trenches surrounding Petersburg, Virginia.
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