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Amos Crane
Birth: 1834
Green Creek
Sandusky County
Ohio, USA
Death: Apr. 24, 1865
Sandy Ridge
Lowndes County
Alabama, USA

In times of war, this Crane family served their country for at least three generations that I know of. The father of Amos, Amos Crane, Sr., fought and died in the Mexican War, and his father, Benjamin Crane, served in the Revolutionary War.

"Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio Roll of Honor of Ohio Soldiers."

Amos enlisted in the 72nd Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry as a Private on the 3rd, or 13th of October, 1862, Company F., to serve 3 years or during the war,

The 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry was organized in Fremont, Sandusky County Ohio from October through December 1861 and left for Camp Chase on January 24, 1862 with about 900 men, and on February 17th 1862 it was mustered in at Columbus, Ohio. It was then ordered to Paducah, Kentucky, where it was under the command of General William Tecumseh Sherman.
From there, the Regiment was assigned to a brigade under Colonel Ralph P. Buckland, then boarded the steamer Baltic which landed them at Pittsburgh Landing, and later was encamped near Shiloh Church where they were engaged in their first battles of many.

Amos died on 24 Apr 1865 at the Regiment Hospital near Sand Ridge, Alabama, per information of W.S. Gaines. Gaines also mentioned the fact that Amos had been transported over rough roads by ambulance during his sickness, which were horse-drawn box shaped wagons, and there were no medications available for his illness.

This is a letter written by Amos to his wife Elizabeth, and his daughter Elva Crane about 2 months before he died:

"Dear wife,
I now sit down on the hills of the Mississippi to let you know that I am not well, but am getting some better, but very slowly. We have went a ways from shore from where we was. We are in camp five miles from Vicksburg. We are going to Orleans in a few days, from there to Mobile to take that place, it is on the Gulf of Mexico.

The weather is as warm as it is there in June and the grass is green and the lizards are running around me as I am writing. I have not had any trial yet but expect to soon. I want you to let me know where Champ is and what he gave you. You can write and let me know how you all get along in that part. Wilbert Rathbun was left in town sick. We could not get off the boat and so I give Burt fifty dollars to take or send to you. Let me know if John Dolson gave you fifty dollars when he came back. This is all at present. Please send your and Elvy's picture to me and I will send you mine when I get well. Send yours when you answer this letter. All I can say about this soldier business is it is darn hard for me. Don't get more than half enough to eat and nothing that a sick man can eat. So good bye to you for this time."

Feb. 17, 1865
Amos Crane
Send direct to Vicksburg"

Amos Crane's wife, Elizabeth Ann Hawk-Crane, filed for a Widow's Pension on his Civil War service record, and in these papers there was a deposition from a Captain Merrit Sexton, of Erie county, Ohio. He stated "that he was the late Captain of the 72nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteers, Company F., and testified that he had known Amos Crane who was a Private, Company F., and that Amos was in sound health when he entered said service, but on the march from Mobile to Montgomery, Alabama, about April 14, 1865, said Crane was taken sick with paralysis and exposure and grew rapidly worse, and that on April 24th, 1865 he died of said disease at the regimental hospital near Sand Ridge, Alabama during the siege of Mobile.
I was greatly aggravated by the fact that said soldier had been transported in an ambulance on rough roads during sickness and there were no decent medicines or accommodations for his treatment."

Comment: In an article on the Internet about the Civil War and the disease's the soldiers were susceptible to, it mentioned the fact that many times the soldiers died from ptomaine poisoning due to eating the spoiled canned meat rations they were issued.

"Their own proud land's heroic soil
Shall be their fittest grave
She claims from war his richest spoil
The ashes of her brave"

*Special thanks to Lettie Kirby for sponsoring this memorial*
Family links: 
  Amos W. Crane (1813 - 1847)
  Esther Glick Crane (1811 - 1896)
  Elizabeth Ann Hawk- Crane -Parker (1842 - 1891)*
  Elva Crane Hamlin (1862 - 1933)*
  Joel Crane (1833 - 1895)*
  Amos Crane (1834 - 1865)
  Ira Crane (1842 - 1865)*
  Laura Flora Crane Wilber (1846 - 1886)*
  Alfred E. Crane (1847 - 1916)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Nancy~
Record added: Aug 13, 2008
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Amos Crane
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Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice, great-great-grandfather Amos. We will not forget you today on Memorial Day or any other day. And thank you Nancy for this fascinating information and photo.
- Joanna
 Added: May. 30, 2016

- Red
 Added: May. 29, 2016

- Nancy~
 Added: Aug. 8, 2015
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