Henry H. Crocker

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Henry H. Crocker
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Born 1839
Colchester, Connecticut
Died 1913
New Jersey
Place of burial Washington Cemetery, Washington, New Jersey
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1862 - 1865
Rank Union army cpt rank insignia.jpg Captain
Unit Massachusetts 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Cedar Creek
Awards Medal of Honor

Henry H. Crocker (January 20, 1839 – January 1, 1913) was a Union Army officer during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Battle of Cedar Creek fought near Middletown, Virginia on October 19, 1864. The battle was the decisive engagement of Major General Philip Sheridan’s Valley Campaigns of 1864 and was the largest battle fought in the Shenandoah Valley.

When the war broke out Crocker was living in San Francisco, California. He joined one hundred other pro-Union California men who returned east to fight. The so-called “California Hundred” were organized as a cavalry troop and sent via ship to Camp Meigs in Massachusetts. There they were designated Company A and joined by seven cavalry companies from Massachusetts to form the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry. Crocker eventually became captain of Company F, and mustered out in July 1865. [1]

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“The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Captain Henry H. Crocker, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 19 October 1864, while serving with Company F, 2d Massachusetts Cavalry, in action at Cedar Creek, Virginia. Captain Crocker voluntarily led a charge, which resulted in the capture of 14 prisoners and in which he himself was wounded.”

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