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CROSMAN, George Hampton, soldier, born in Taunton, Massachusetts, in November 1798; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 28 May 1882. He was graduated at the U. S. military academy in 1823, assigned to the 6th infantry, and served on frontier and garrison duty. He was promoted to first lieutenant on 30 August 1828, and made assistant quartermaster on 15 October 1830. He performed the duties of this office in the Indian country during the Black Hawk war of 1832, and in the Florida war of 1836-'7, and was promoted to captain, 30 April 1837. He was chief quartermaster in the military occupation of Texas in 1845-'6, and distinguished himself at the storming of Palo Alto, 8 May 1846, receiving the brevet of major for his gallantry on that occasion. He became major on the staff and quartermaster, 3 March 1847, deputy quartermaster-general with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1856, and assistant quartermaster-general with rank of colonel in 1868, serving during this time in charge of various clothing depots and arsenals. From 1864 till 1866 he was occupied in preparing for publication a "Manual for the Quartermaster's Department." He was brevetted brigadier-general and major general, U. S. army, for his services during the civil war, on 13 March 1865, and was retired from active service in 1866, but was on duty again in Philadelphia as chief quartermaster of the Department of the East till 1868.-
-His son, Alexander Foster Crosman, naval officer, born in St. Louis, Missouri, 11 June 1838 ; died in Greytown, Nicaragua, 12 April 1872, was appointed to the U. S. naval academy from Pennsylvania, and graduated in 1855. He was attached to the frigate "Congress," of the Mediterranean squadron, in 1856-'8, made master, 4 November 1858, served on the Paraguay expedition of 1858-'9, and was promoted to lieutenant in 1861. He commanded the " Somerset," of the East Gulf squadron, in 1862, was made lieutenant commander on 16 July of that year, and served in the South Atlantic blockading squadron during the rest of the war, most of the time in the "Wabash." He was with the naval brigade of that squadron on General Hatch's expedition to sever the railroad from Charleston to Savannah, and co-operated several times with the army on Stono River, engaging Fort Lamar once. He was honorably mentioned in Commander George H. Preble's official report of 10 January 1865. After the war he served on the" Ossipee," the "Onward," and at Portsmouth navy yard. He was commissioned commander in 1870, ordered to the command of the isthmus surveying expedition in January 1872, and was drowned in the harbor of Greytown. At the time of his death he was preparing a book on seamanship.
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