Sunny South Guards

Military Flag Presentation Ceremony


The following Florida Veteran is being honored in this project:

Musician Henry Lafayette Crane - POW

Age at enlistment: 23

Birth: 25 September, 1838 in Saint Augustine, Florida

Died: 9 April, 1930 in Tampa , Florida

Married: Meroba Hair Hooker on 22 December 1868 in Hillsborough County, Florida

Final Resting Place: Oaklawn Cemetery, Tampa Florida


Served as Chief Musician until his capture on 18 December, 1864 near Spring Hill, Tennessee.
He was sent to a military prison at Louisville Kentucky until he was transferred to Camp Chase POW Camp, Ohio on 6 January 1865.

He was released after signing the Oath of Allegiance on 18 February, 1865 at Camp Chase , Ohio.

After he returned to Florida, he served his state as a store clerk, a deputy clerk in a US Court and a WB Commissioner shown on a 1920 US Census for Hillsborough County, Florida.

Crane also operated the Orange Grove Hotel in Tampa, Florida starting in 1869, which was owned by his father in law, Captain William Brinton Hooker.

He was listed on a 1930 Hillsborough County death index in the year 1930 as Judge Henry L. Crane.

Adjutant for Hillsborough United Confederate Veterans Camp #56

He did not receive a Confederate Veteran's  pension.


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Special Thanks to Aimee Gilmore for the research for this Hall of Honor