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 Ichabod Bennett Crane

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Ichabod Bennett Crane

  • Birth 18 Jul 1787 Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 5 Oct 1857 Staten Island, Richmond County (Staten Island), New York, USA
  • Burial New Springville, Richmond County (Staten Island), New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 7304801

United States Army Officer, Literary Figure. He was the namesake for protagonist in author Washington Irving's legendary short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". He served 48 years as an officer in the United States military, the first two in the United States Marine Corps, the rest in the Army. He commanded troops and saw combat during the War of 1812, the 1832 Black Hawk War, and the Seminole Wars during the 1830s. His last assignment was as post commander of Governor's Island, New York City, New York. He had met Washington Irving during the War of 1812 when Irving, serving as an Aide-de-Camp to New York Governor Daniel D. Tompkins, encountered him while on an inspection tour of Army fortifications at Sackett's Harbor, New York. Later, when Irving needed a name for country schoolteacher in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", he remembered the soldier he had met and used his name.

Bio by: Rich H.

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"Col. of the U.S. Army, who was born in Elizabeth Town, N.J., and died on Staten Island. He served his country faitfully 18 years and was much beloved and respected by all who knew him."





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  • Originally Created by: Rich H.
  • Added: 29 Mar 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7304801
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ichabod Bennett Crane (18 Jul 1787–5 Oct 1857), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7304801, citing Asbury Methodist Cemetery, New Springville, Richmond County (Staten Island), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .