Henry Van Bibber Crawford. Identified throughout his entire life with the history of this locality, and well known as one of its most influential citizens, the subject of this memoir was laid to rest, at his death, amid the scenes familiar to him thought so many years.


Company B, First Maryland Cavalry

    He was born at Middletown, Newcastle County, Del., September 16, 1833, and died suddenly of heart disease January 14, 1897, at his home near Warwick, Md. The family of which he was a member was among the oldest in Maryland and was connected with the Youngs and Culbreths, of Caroline, the Mackeys, of Talbot, the Turpins, of Queen Anne, and the McKims, of Baltimore. Upon his mother's side he was connected with the Petersons and Van Bibbers, of Cecil County, and the Gilmores, of Baltimore. He was the youngest son of William Hazlett and Catherine A. (Reading) Crawford, the former a native of Delaware, an influential farmer, a private in the ranks at the battle of North Point and at Ft. Henry, and a nephew of Col. John Hazlett, a Revolutionary hero, whose body lies buried in Dover, Del.

    The advantages given Mr. Crawford in boyhood were those common to the aristocratic families of the central south, prior to the war. It is said of him that when a youth he was one of the most popular young men in his neighborhood, and this quality of winning and retaining friends remained one of his principal characteristics through life.

    At the outbreak of the late war he was living quietly at the old homestead in Middletown, engaged in general farming. His sympathies were with the south, and soon he enlisted for active service, becoming a member of Company B, First Maryland Cavalry, under Capt. George M. Emack and Col. Ridgley Brown. In all the engagements of the First he bore a valiant part and was one of those who "rode with Stuart." It was the testimony of his comrades that under fire he was calm and collected, never evincing any excitement, even when peril was greatest. His regiment was ordered to General Ewell's Corps to lead the advance into Pennsylvania in 1863, and was in the threes days' battle at Gettysburg. During the retreat, on the night of the 4th of July, while guarding a part of Ewell's wagon train, they held in check for more than two hours a brigade of Federal cavalry, for which they received meritorious mention from General Lee in his report of the campaign. They participated in the disastrous valley skirmishes of 1864, and during that time he was one of a force of men, under Sergeant Turris, who succeeded in burning a bridge, despite the efforts of a company of Federal Cavalry to dislodge them. Returning home at the close of the war, Mr. Crawford resumed farm work. When about forty years of age, April 30, 1873, he married Miss Margaret Price, with whom he lived happily until his death came to separate them. His home was on a farm in District No. 1, Cecil County, and it was while superintending some of the farm work that he succumbed to heart disease. Returning from the barn to the house, he sank into a chair near the fire, shivered as from cold, and in an instant was dead. He was buried from St. Frances Xavier Church, which he joined after his marriage. Besides his widow, he left a son, Charles, a capable and well-educated young man, who succeeds to the management of the estate.

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