Thomas Turpin Crittenden
Brigadier General, United States Army
Thomas Turpin Crittenden was born at Huntsville, Alabama, October 16, 1825.
His father was the younger brother of Senator John J. Crittenden of Kentucky
and he was, accordingly, the first cousin of Major Generals George B. Crittenden,
CSA, and Thomas L. Crittenden, USA.
During the Mexican War, he served as Second Lieutenant of a Missouri Volunteer battalion for more than year, after which he made his residence at Madison, Indiana.
On April 19, 1861, he entered the service of the United States as a Captain of the 6th Indiana Volunteer Infantry and was appointed its Colonel on April 27. This was a three month regiment which reenlisted for three years in September. It fought at Philippi and Corrick's Ford in the western Virginia Campaign and after reorganization was stationed in Kentucky until the battle of Shiloh, where it was engaged on the second day. He was promoted to Brigadier General, April 28, 1862.
On July 13, 1862, while in command of the post at Mufreesboro, Tennessee, he and all the troops in the vicinity were surprised, captured by Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. In justice to him, it must be said that he had assumed command only the day before and was not familiar with arrangements in force for protection of the town. Nevertheless, the incident virtually ended his career, and after his release in October he saw no further important service.
He resigned May 5, 1863. 1868, and moved to Washington, D.C. and in 1885 retired and moved to San Diego where he engaged in real estate development.
He died while on vacation trip at East Gloucester, Massachusetts, September 5, 1905, and was buried with full military honors in Section 7, Grave 8274, of Arlington National Cemetery.
His wife, Elizabeth Baldwin Crittenden (1833-1907)
is buried with him.
CRITTENDEN, THOMAS T
BRIG GEN VOLUNTEER C WAR
DATE OF DEATH: 09/06/1905
BURIED AT: SECTION 7 SITE LOT 8274
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
CRITTENDEN, ELIZABETH BALDWIN W/O THOMAS TURPIN