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O. J. Crane

O. J. Crane

Federal (USV)


Orrin J Crane

(1829 - 1863)

Home State: Ohio

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Ohio Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

After about 1852 he was a ship carpenter in Cleveland, where he "became connected with one of the military organizations of the city". At the outbreak of War in 1861, he joined Captain Creighton's company, Company A, 7th Ohio Infantry, as Lieutenant, and was promoted to Captain. He served in Western Virginia, up to Winchester, and was at Port Republic and Cedar Mountain, where he was slightly wounded in the foot. He was promoted to Major 25 May 1862.

On the Campaign

At the battle of Antietam, he commanded the regiment, and during the latter part of the engagement, the brigade - the 1st of the 2nd Division, after Lieutenant Colonel Tyndale was wounded.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 2 March 1863. He commanded the regiment in the battles of Lookout Mountain and Mission Ridge.

"At fatal Ringgold, he again commanded the regiment. He led it up the steep ascent, where the whistling of bullets made the air musical; and where men dropped so quietly that they were scarcely missed, except in the thinned ranks of the command. The regiment had not recovered from the shock produced by the announcement of the death of Creighton, when Crane himself fell dead at the feet of his comrades, pierced through the forhead by a rifle bullet. "
(from Cleveland, Past and Present)

References & notes

Sources: A Biographical sketch transcribed by RootsWeb from Joblin, Maurice, Cleveland, Past and Present, Cleveland, Ohio: Fairbanks, Benedict & Co., printers, 1869;
Brief History of The Seventh Ohio, online at eHistory (author?), read 2/2004; and
Company history, rosters, and brief biographies from eHistory for Company A, 7th Ohio Infantry - "created and maintained" by Larry Hardman.

Image above is from a carte de visite kindly provided by site visitor Rebecca Libby.

More on the Web

See a detailed biography, among those of all of the field and staff officers of the regiment, compiled by Larry Hardman.


1829; Troy, NY


11/27/1863; Ringgold Gap, GA; burial in Woodland Cemetery, Cleveland, OH