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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1832

Vol. I

(Born Ky.)

George B. Crittenden

(Ap'd Ky.)


George Bibb Crittenden: Born Mar. 20, 1812, Russellville, KY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1828, to July 1, 1832, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 4th Infantry, July 1, 1832.

Served: on the "Black Hawk Expedition," 1832, but not at the seat of war;​a and in garrison at Augusta Arsenal, Ga., 1833, — and Ft. Mitchell, Ala., 1833.

Resigned, Apr. 30, 1833.

 p520  Civil History. — Counselor at Law, in Kentucky, 1835‑46, except while in the Texas Army, 1835, and prisoner of war, 1835‑36.

Military History. — Re-appointed in the U. S. Army with the rank of

Captain, Mounted Rifles, May 27, 1846.

Served: on Recruiting service, 1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846, 1846‑47, 1848, being engaged in the Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, — Operations before and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 12‑14, 1847, — and Skirmish of

(Bvt. Major, Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

San Juan de Teotihuacan, Feb. 8, 1848; on frontier duty, at Ft. Leavenworth (Camp Sumner), Kan., 1849, — and Ft. Kearny, Neb., 1848; in

(Major, Mounted Rifles, Apr. 15, 1848)

arrest, 1849‑51; on frontier duty, at Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1851; on Recruiting service, 1851; on frontier duty, at Ft. Merrill, Tex., 1852, — Scouting, 1852, — Ft. Inge, Tex., 1852‑54, 1855, — Ft. Clark, Tex., 1855, — San Antonio, Tex., 1856, — Ft. Clark, Tex., 1856, — march to New Mexico,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Mounted Rifles, Dec. 30, 1856)

1856, — Ft. Craig, N. M., 1856‑57, — and Gila Expedition, 1857; as Superintendent of Mounted Recruiting Service, July 1, 1857, to May 15, 1859; on leave of absence, 1859‑60; and on frontier duty, in conducting recruits to New Mexico, 1860, — Ft. Union, N. M., 1860‑61, — and Ft. Stanton, N. M., 1861.

Resigned, June 10, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​b

Civil History. — Auditor of the State of Kentucky, 1866. Librarian of the State Library of Kentucky, 18––– to 1880.

Died, Nov. 27, 1880, at Danville, Ky.: Aged 69.

Buried, Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, KY.

Thayer's Notes:

a The phrase "but not at (the) seat of war" occurs frequently in the Register in connection with the Black Hawk War; the explanation in most cases is the one given in the biographical sketch of James Monroe (q.v.).

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he was a poor general, being largely responsible for the important defeat at Mill Springs — in which he was drunk — and by October, 1862 having been court-martialed for drunkenness in yet another battle, he was a civilian again.

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