View of John S Crocker Colonel of the 93rd NYVI. Only view I could find published of him on line which is quite interesting. Taber and Sons bm. "John Simpson Crocker, attorney, politician, and army officer, was born March 4, 1820, in Cambridge, Washington County, New York. He was educated at Cambridge Academy and took up the study of law in the office of Luther Howe of Cambridge. After gaining admission to the bar in 1843, he set up his own law practice in the town. He served one term (1856) in the New York State Assembly. Crocker married Harriette Sipperley of Schagticoke, Rensselaer County, New York, in July 1843. According to federal census information, the couple had at least four children: John Senderling, Ellen V., Irving M., and Willis Francis.Crocker became active in the local militia as a young man and rose in rank to colonel of the 30th Regiment New York State Militia. When the Civil War broke out, he organized a regiment, which he named the Morgan Rifles in honor of his friend, New York State Governor Edwin D. Morgan. Known officially as the Ninety-third New York, the regiment was made up of a number of volunteer militia companies comprised of recruits from Washington and surrounding counties. Crocker was appointed colonel of this regiment, which was part of the Army of the Potomac. In April 1862, he was captured by Confederate troops during the siege at Yorktown, and taken prisoner; he was confined first at Libby Prison in Richmond and then at Salisbury Prison in North Carolina. After four months, he was released in a prisoner exchange and returned to command of the 93rd New York Volunteers. He served until mustered out in September 1864 on a surgeon's certificate of disability. For distinguished service, he was brevetted a brigadier general of the United States Volunteers on March 13, 1865.After the war, he settled in Washington, D.C., and in 1869 he was appointed warden of the District of Columbia Prison, a post he held until his death. The most notorious criminal held under his watch was Charles Guiteau, assassin of James Garfield. Crocker died September 14, 1890.
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