Chauncey Cronk

BirthApril 5, 1845
DeathJuly 23, 1928
CemeteryProspect Hill (Norfolk)
PostCruft (Brainard)
Unit9th Vermont Infantry, Company E/B

Private Chauncey Cronk

Company E/B, 9th Vermont Infantry

Cronk was born in Troy (Orleans County), Vermont on April 5, 1845. He enlisted as an 18-year old private on December 26, 1863. Cronk was mustered in the unit on December 29, 1863. He served about 23 months and was mustered out on December 1, 1865. He was transferred from Company E to Company B on June 13, 1865.

During Cronk’s enlistment, the outfit was involved in several noteworthy battles. Two engagements that had major impacts on the unit were the Battle of Bogue Sound (NC) on February 2, 1864 and the Battle at Chaffin’s Farm (VA) on September 29, 1864.

Bogue Sound (located near New Bern, North Carolina) was a military blockhouse. Confederate forces captured the installation on February 2, 1864 and burned it down. The 9th Vermont Infantry lost 3 soldiers, 14 were wounded, and 49 were taken prisoner.

The Battle of Chaffin’s Farm (also called the Battle of Laurel Hill) was part of the Siege of Petersburg, Virginia. The 9th Vermont Infantry lost 7 members and 45 were taken prisoner in the one day battle.

Cronk died on July 23, 1928 at the age of 83 years. He is buried in the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Norfolk (Madison County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Cruft Post (#121) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Brainard, Nebraska.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.