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Tyrone citizen honored in Virginia

Colonel Crowther’s panel on the Wall of Honor
(top center). From left: James Crowther, Greg Mertz, Bob Hileman, Jr. and Carol Hileman
Colonel Crowther Foundation President Bob
Hileman, Jr. speaks to members of the General Meade Society of Philadelphia

Members of the Board of Directors of the Colonel Crowther Foundation were on hand at Chancellorsville, Virginia when the National Park Service honored Colonel James E. Crowther on Saturday, October 11.
Director James Crowther, represented the Crowther family. Foundation President Bob Hileman, Jr. and Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Carol Hileman joined him.
A panel was placed on the Wall of Honor at the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitors Center in the afternoon. The panel includes Colonel Crowther’s portrait and text that highlights his service to the Union. Colonel Crowther fell while leading the 110th and 84th Regiments of Pennsylvania Volunteers on May 3, 1863.
During the early afternoon hours, National Park Service Supervisory Historian Greg Mertz led the small group on a tour of the battlefield. The tour followed the movements of Bowman’s Brigade, the regiments Colonel Crowther led were part of this brigade, during the three days this battle was fought. Starting on the road, the brigade traveled from US Ford to Chancellorsville, the group viewed significant locations on the battlefield. The tour ended near the location where Colonel Crowther fell.
In the late afternoon, the directors traveled to the Fredericksburg National Cemetery where members of the General Meade Society of Philadelphia were gathered. A large group of members of the society were on a tour of the Fredericksburg area and decided to stop at the cemetery to honor Colonel Crowther.
Colonel Crowther Foundation President Bob Hileman, Jr. spoke to the society members at Colonel Crowther’s grave. Hileman spoke about Colonel Crowther’s military career and his civilian service to the community of Tyrone.