On June 4, 1861, at the age of 20, John enlisted with the 10th Alabama Infantry Regiment (Company A) of the Confederate Army. During his enlistment, he participated in the following battles:
Dranesville (20 Dec 1861)
Yorktown (5 Apr – 3 May 1862)
*absent at Williamsburg (5 May 1862)
Seven Pines (31 May – 1 Jun 1862)
Richmond/Frazier’s Farm (30 Jun 1862)
Second Manassas (30 Aug 1862)
Harper’s Ferry (12 Sept – 15 Sept 1862)
Sharpsburg (17 Sept 1862)
Fredericksburg (13 Dec 1862)
Salem Church (3 May 1863)
Gettysburg (1 Jul – 3 Jul 1863)
Bristoe Station (Oct – Nov 1863)
Mine Run (27 Nov – 2 Dec 1863)
Wilderness (5 May – 7 May 1864)
Spotsylvania Courthouse (8 May – 26 May 1864)
Hanover Junction (23 May – 26 May 1864)
Siege of Turkey Ridge
Courtesy of Civil War Service Database found at Alabama Dept. of Archives and History
John W. Crow was appointed the rank of Corporal on April 1, 1864. He was captured at Ream’s Station on June 29, 1864 and taken to the POW camp at Point Lookout, Maryland, where he died on April 22, 1865 from dysentery and was buried.
Originally, the soldiers were buried in two cemeteries near the prison camp. However, because the cemetery land started to erode into the Chesapeake, in 1870 the state of Maryland removed the remains. In 1910 they were moved again and re-interred in a burial trench one mile inland, near where a federal monument was constructed that year. The 80-foot granite obelisk marks the site, just outside Point Lookout State Park, but the actual boundaries of the pit are not marked.
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