Richmond NaCem

Corwin Samuel Cross

Corwin Samuel Cross was born January 22, 1841 in Mt. Eaton, Wayne County, Ohio, the son of Henderson H. (1809-1876) and Sarah F (1815-1900).

Both New Yorkers, Corwin’s parents were married in September of 1832 in Trenton, New Jersey. Sometime between 1833 and 1836 the family moved westward, settling for a time in Ohio, and by 1850 Henderson was working as a millwright in Lagrange, Lorain County, Ohio and Corwin was attending school with his siblings. Henderson eventually moved his family to Michigan and by 1860 had settled on a farm in Hastings, Barry County (Corwin is not reported to be living with his family at the time).

Corwin stood 5’1” with blue eyes, dark hair and a dark complexion and was a 21-year-old farmer probably living in Grand Rapids when he enlisted in Company E on March 2 or 4, 1862, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, and was mustered March 21 at Brandy Station, Virginia. He was reported missing in action on June 30, July 1 or 2, 1862, at White Oak Swamp, Virginia, and in fact had been taken prisoner at either Malvern Hill or White Oak Swamp. He was confined at Richmond, Virginia, paroled on August 5 at Aiken’s Landing, Virginia, subsequently returned to the Regiment but was absent sick from August 10 through August 31, 1863.

Although he was reported present for duty in September and October, according to Andrew Kilpatrick, also of Company E, he returned from the hospital on October 8, 1863. In any case, Corwin was reportedly absent on a 35-day furlough in November and December and had returned to the Regiment by January of 1864.

Corwin remained present for duty through February and reenlisted on either February 22 or March 21, 1864, at Brandy Station, Virginia, and was presumably absent on a 30 days’ veterans’ furlough. He probably came back to his family home in Michigan, and if so, probably returned to the Regiment in late March or April. Corwin was again reported missing in action on May 12, 1864, at Spotsylvania, Virginia, and in fact had been taken prisoner on May 12. He was transferred as a prisoner-of-war to Company E, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864.

Corwin died of disease in Libby prison at Richmond, Virginia, probably on September 29, 1864, and was interred just outside Oakwood cemetery in Richmond, “on top of the hill”; he was also reported to have been reinterred in Richmond National Cemetery: original division I, section B, no. 166.

In 1870 his parents were living in Grand Rapids’ Fourth Ward where his father worked as a millwright. His mother received a pension (no. 354160) and was living in Grand Rapids when she died in 1900.