Archive for October, 2012

150th anniversary of Anson Croman shaking hands with Abraham Lincoln on October 8, 1862

October 6, 2012
Charles Wellington Reed's pencil sketch of Abraham Lincoln shaking hands with soldiers

Charles Wellington Reed’s pencil sketch of
Abraham Lincoln at City Point, Virginia, 1865.
(Library of Congress)

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.


For more information:

Anson Croman the American Civil War

Anson Croman and the 150th anniversary of the care for the Antietam battlefield dead

October 2, 2012
Death and the Civil War . American Experience . WGBH | PBS.

Death and the Civil War . American Experience . WGBH | PBS.

One hundred and fifty years ago, Anson Croman’s and the 20th Michigan Infantry Regiment’s first assignment was to the Antietam battlefield to care for the bodies of the at least 3,650 Union and Confederate killed.

While not specifying which units were involved, the Public Broadcasting System’s documentary Death and the Civil War by Ric Burns includes a report on that work.

Death and the Civil War is based on This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust

This Republic of Suffering, Drew Gilpin Faust

This Republic of Suffering, Drew Gilpin Faust

Anson Croman is our family’s Civil War ancestor, my 2nd great-grandfather-in-law.


For more information:

Anson Croman and the  Civil War

Death and Dying By Drew Gilpin Faust in Civil War Era National Cemeteries: Honoring Those Who Served, National Park Service


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