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Photo of William M Critchley Sole Survivor of Brigade Band Civil War

Updated: Jul 30, 2022

Dr. William Critchley (1836-1932) son of William Thomas Critchley (1808-1883) and Mary Holland (1812-1889), natives of Lancashire, England, who came emigrated to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, sometime after 1840. In November 1860, William married to Louisette Shaw Spinney (1842-1876), the daughter of John and Sophia Spinney. From from Boston Globe August 13 1924

From "Thirteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865: A Diary Covering Three Years and a Day." S, Millett Thompson P. 624

See incredible letter was written in 1927 by Dr. William Critchley when he was 91 years old. It logs his encounter with President Abraham Lincoln at City Point, Virginia, in March 1865, while serving as the Band Leader of the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 24th Army Corps. Shared& Spared site link

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