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Charles Henry Crane
Born (1825-07-19)July 19, 1825
Died October 10, 1883(1883-10-10) (aged 58)
Place of birth Newport, Rhode Island
Place of death Washington, D.C.
Allegiance United StatesUnited States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1848-1883[1]
Rank Brigadier general [1]
Commands held Surgeon General of the Army
Battles/wars Mexican-American War
American Civil War

Charles Henry Crane B.A. M.A. M.D. (July 19, 1825 – October 10, 1883) was an American physician and the 13th Surgeon General of the United States Army (1882–1883). He was the son of Colonel Ichabod B. Crane

Crane received his B.A. from Yale College in 1844. He then went to the Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D. in 1847[1] Crane joined the army from Massachusetts on February 14, 1848.[2]

In April 1865, Crane was one of the Doctor's attending President Lincoln at his death.[2]

On July 29, 1866 Crane was confirmed by the US. Senate to be the Assistant Surgeon General of the Army under Surgeon General Joseph K. Barnes.[3]

Crane began to serve as Acting Surgeon General of the Army when his predecessor resigned.[4] Crane was subsequently nominated by President Chester A. Arthur for the permanent position. Crane's nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 7, 1882,[5] and he formally entered into his office on August 9, 1882.[4] Crane served as Surgeon General of the Army until his death on October 10, 1883.[2]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bowen, 906-907.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 New York Times, "Surgeon General Crane Dead."
  3. New York Times, "Washington News.; Final Adjournment of Congress to December."
  4. 4.0 4.1 New York Times, "National Capital Topics; News and Orders for the Army and Navy."
  5. New York Times, "The Senate's Executive Work."


  • Bowen, James L. (1889). Massachusetts in the War, 1861–1865. Springfield, Massachusetts: Clark W. Bryan & Co. OCLC 1986476. 
  • New York Times Obituary: Surgeon General Crane Dead. An Illness Which Terminates Suddenly - His Probable Successor. New York, NY: New York Times,(October 11, 1883), p. 4.
  • New York Times The Senate's Executive Work. John A. Luby Confirmed as Surveyor at Albany - A new Surgeon General., New York, NY: New York Times, (August 8, 1882), p. 1.
  • New York Times National Capital Topics; News and Orders for the Army and Navy., New York, NY: New York Times, August 10, 1882, p. 3.
  • Pilcher, James Evelyn.: The Surgeon Generals of the Army of the United States of America: A Series of Biographical Sketches of the Senior Officers of the Military Medical Service from the American Revolution to the Philippine Pacification (1905) pp. 64–66
  • Special Dispatches to The New York Times, Washington News.; Final Adjournment of Congress to December. Scenes and Incidents of an All Night Session. Sharp Struggle on the Omnibus Appropriation Bill. Increased Pay to Members Goes Through by One Majority. Also a Modified Extension of Bounties. Final Disposition of the Tennessee Senator's Case. Mr. Patterson Permitted to Take the Oath if He Chooses. Passage of the Army Bill Making a Large Increase of Force. The President Supposed to Have Pocketed the Nebraska Bill., New York, NY: New York Times, (July 29, 1866), p. 1.
Preceded by
Joseph K. Barnes
Surgeons General of the U. S. Army
Succeeded by
Robert Murray

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