(1744–1805) soldier and patriot, born in Braintree, Massachusetts. Crane volunteered in the French and Indian War (1754–63), replacing his father, who had been drafted. He was one of the Sons of Liberty and hosted preparations for the Boston Tea Party (1773). He commanded an artillery company during the siege of Boston and at Bunker Hill (1775). He commanded an artillery regiment at Germantown, Brandywine (both 1777), and Monmouth (1778).
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.