★ ★  Crittenden, Thomas L.

Thomas Leonidas Crittenden

Born: May 15, 1819
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Birthplace: Russellville, Kentucky

Father: U.S. Senator John Jordan Crittenden Jr. 1787 – 1863
(Buried: Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky)​

Mother: Sarah O. Lee 1787 – 1824
(Buried: Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky)​

Wife: Catherine Lucy “Kitty” Todd 1822 – 1895
(Buried: Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky)​

Brother: CSA Major General George Bibb Crittenden 1812 – 1880
(Buried: Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky)​


Annie Crittenden​
(Buried: Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky)​
Maria Innes Crittenden​
(Buried: Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky)​
Lt. John Jordan Crittenden III 1854 – 1876​
(Buried: Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Montana)​

Occupation before War:

Attorney in Kentucky​
During Mexican War served as an Aide to Major General Taylor​
1847 – 1848: Served in Mexican War rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel​
United States Counsel to Liverpool, England​

Civil War Career:

1860 – 1861: Major General of Kentucky State Militia​
1861 – 1862: Brigadier General of Union Army, Volunteers​
1862: Division Commander at the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee​
1862 – 1864: Major General of Union Army, Volunteers​
Commander of Left-Wing during Battle of Stones River, Tennessee​
1863: Corps Commander at the Battle of Chickamuga, Georgia​
1863: Blamed for the defeat at Chickamuga and relieved of command​
He was later exonerated and acquitted of any charges​
1864: Division Commander during latter part of Spotsylvania​
1864: Division Commander during the Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia​
1864: Resigned from the Union Army on December 13th
1867: Brevetted Brig. General for his role at Stones River​

Occupation after War:

Kentucky State Treasurer​
1867 – 1881: Served in the United States Army, rising to Colonel​
Member of Maryland Society of the Cincinnati​
Veteran Companion Military Order of the Loyal Legion​
1888: Requested Permission to visit Mexico City, Mexico​

Died: October 23, 1893

Place of Death: Annandale, Staten Island, New York

Cause of Death: Progressive Paresis

Age at time of Death: 74 years old

Burial Place: Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky
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Sergeant Major
Jun 21, 2012
Louisville, KY
While visiting his & others graves in Frankfort a couple years ago, it took a while to find his, due to not being entirely legible, sadly. Not certain as to whom would be responsible or able to have it cleaned up, but I would sincerely hope it's done sooner rather than later to make it more visible.

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I visited the cemetery a couple months ago and very much agree, it was hard to find and identify his grave. Without looking him up in the register, I would have simply walked right by it.
Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
He commanded the 5th Division in the Army of the Ohio at Shiloh.
He commanded a corp at Chickamauga, but resigned on December 13th, 1864 after General Rosecrans tried to shift blame onto him and 3 other generals for the disaster.
Another Corps commander, Alexander McDowell McCook, was included in that blame by Rosecrans. Who were the other two?


Jun 27, 2017
Southeast Missouri
Major General James S. Negley, while not blamed specifically by Rosecrans, angered Generals Thomas, Brannan and Wood. The latter two accused Negley of cowardice. Thomas was extremely angry at Negley's actions, in losing the XIV ammunition train. Negley never returned to an active command, no one wanted him.
Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
From what I've read about him, James S. Negley was blamed but was cleared by a court of inquiry. He was one of those who spent his time waiting for orders that never came. He was not a West Pointer and felt he was being unfairly discriminated against. Right, no body wanted him. He resigned on January 19, 1865.