Private, Confederate State of America Army
Born in Canada, Cronan served the Confederacy
and was killed at the Battle of Spotsylvania. He was buried in Arlington
Cemetery, shortly before it became a cemetery for Union soldiers, thus
having a double distinction of being a Canadian and a Confederate buried
in Arlington National Cemetery.
Less famous than the others, but truly unique is the life of the late Jerry Cronan. One of 40,000 Canadians who had fought in the American Civil War, Confederate Private Jerry Cronan died of wounds suffered in the Battle of Spotsylvania. He is the only Canadian Confederate who is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Shortly after he was buried, Arlington became a cemetery for Union soldiers. Thus, Private Cronan has a dual claim to fame, as a Canadian and as a Confederate buried among the victorious enemy.
Courtesy of the National Library of Canada
Posted: 30 June 2002 Updated: 27 May 2003 Updated: 6 September 2004 Updated: 19 June 2006