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Anderson Cox Crane Morgan

Obituary of Horace A. Crane, Savannah, Georgia.

Death has taken from our midst another beloved comrade, Horace A. Crane, who passed over on September 8, 1920, after a short illness, though in failing health for the past year. He was born at St. Mary's Ga., in 1841, and the family removed to Savannah in 1843, where he had been a continuous resident since. Entering the Confederate army in May, 1861, at the age of twenty years, he joined the Oglethorpe Light Infantry, which became part of the famous 8th Georgia Regiment, commanded by Francis S. Bartow. After serving a year in the mountains of Virginia, Comrade Crane lost his health and was assigned to hospital duty and later was commissioned a lieutenant in the 1st Battalion of Georgia Sharpshooters, commanded by Gen. Robert H. Anderson. After the fall of Vicksburg this command was ordered to North Carolina and later to Tennessee, joining Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's forces, and in the battle of Chickamauga our comrade was seriously wounded. Before he had fully recovered from his wound a year later, he was appointed adjutant of the garrison at Fort McAllister, on the Ogeechee River, near Savannah, with a garrison of one hundred and fifty men. The fort was stormed by General Hazen with a large force, a part of Sherman's immense army, in its march to the sea. The fort was captured, and Comrade Crane was sent first to a military prison at Hilton Head, S. C., and afterwards to Fort Delaware, remaining a prisoner until the close of the war.

Returning to his home in Savannah, he at once became an active man with his father in the commission business and was afterwards interested in banking. In 1881 he became Vice President of the Southern Bank and so served to the end. He was twice married, his first wife being Miss Georgia Anderson, daughter of a former mayor of Savannah. She died in 1880, leaving four children. His second wife was Miss Mary Cox, also of Savannah, and she survives him, with one son.

[D. B. Morgan, Secretary Confederate Veterans' Association, Camp 756, U. C. V.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, November, 1920.

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