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CRISPIN, Silas, soldier, born in Pennsylvania about 1830. He was appointed to the U. S, military academy in 1846, and at graduation ranked third in his class. Assigned to duty at the arsenal at Watervliet, New York, he remained there two years, and then served successively at the arsenals at Allegheny, Pennsylvania, St. Louis, Missouri, and the Leaven-worth ordnance depot in Kansas. In 1860 he became assistant inspector of arsenals. He was promoted captain of ordnance, 3 August 1861, and in that grade served through the civil war, having charge of different depots for the ordnance depart-merit. He received successive brevets to include that of colonel in the regular army at the close of the civil war, but did not receive his promotion as major of ordnance until 7 March 1867. On 14 April 1875, he was promoted lieutenant colonel, and colonel, 23 August 1881.
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