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 Arthur Cranston

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Arthur Cranston

  • Birth 1843 Scotland
  • Death 26 Apr 1873 Siskiyou County, California, USA
  • Burial San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
  • Plot Section OS Row 15 Site 1
  • Memorial ID 3523987

United States Army Officer. Having served as a private in Company C of the 55th Ohio Infantry in the early years of the Civil War, Cranston was appointed a cadet to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Graduating in 1867, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and assigned to the 4th United States Artillery. By the outbreak of the Modoc War in 1872, he had been promoted to First Lieutenant. On April 26, 1873, Cranston was with a reconnaissance mission led by Captain Evan Thomas of the 4th Artillery and Lieutenant Thomas Wright of the 12th Infantry when they were ambushed by a small party of Modoc Indians. In what later became known as the Thomas-Wright Massacre; Lt. Cranston, Capt. Thomas, and Lt. Wright, as well as two other officers and thirteen men, were killed.

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  • Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
  • Added: 4 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3523987
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Arthur Cranston (1843–26 Apr 1873), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3523987, citing San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA ; Maintained by US Veterans Affairs Office (contributor 5) .