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Anson Croman and the Steven Spielberg film ‘Lincoln’

November 19, 2012

Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln visiting a battlefield outside of Peterburg, Virginia, April 3, 1865.

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln depicts Abraham Lincoln entering Petersburg, Virginia on April 3, 1865 shortly after it had been captured by units including Anson Croman and the 20th Michigan Infantry Regiment.

The battlefield through which President Lincoln rides is southwest of where Anson Croman and the 20th Michigan had been stationed for much of the siege of Petersburg and where they had been involved in heavy fighting since March 25.

The movie continues to April 9 and the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. At that time Anson Croman’s and the 20th Michigan were southeast of Appomattox with other units protecting the Union’s southern flank and rebuilding the railroad to supply the Union army.

Leonard’s review: This is such a well made movie with great acting that all should appreciate it. The historical accuracy and clarity of discussion of the issues makes it one of the best Civil War films to use in a class.

The Musbachs and Robinsons are direct line descendents of Anson Croman.

Virginia: Follow Lincoln (and ‘Lincoln’) in Richmond, Petersburg by Katherine Calos, Los Angeles Times, November 18, 2012.

National Park Service Map of the Petersburg National Battlefield


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

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

July 25, 2012
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.

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