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Federal (USV)


John Shott Lanning

(1843 - 1907)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: New York Light Artillery, 1st Battery

Before Antietam

He enlisted at age 18 on 15 October 1861 in the 1st Independent Battery.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was sent to a field hospital, then

"sent home to recuperate. When he went to rejoin his unit, he was informed that he had been discharged due to his wounds, and was no longer needed by the Army. He then walked from Auburn NY to New York City and enlisted in the Navy under an assumed name [John S. Lann], and served on the Blockader USS Magnolia as a landsman. He was recommended for the MOH by his Captain for his bravery under fire in the battle of St. Marks, but he never went to apply for the medal because he was afraid he had done something illegal by enlisting under an assumed name".
He was awarded the Medal of Honor 22 June 1865.

After the War

He had 8 children, his firstborn was George McClellan Lanning (1872-1945), born on the Santee (Sioux) Indian Reservation, Nebraska. John attended a reunion of all surviving Civil War soldiers and sailors in the Dakota territory at Yankton on 4 October 1877.

References & notes

His wounding at Antietam from Captain Cowan's Report. Service details from the NY Adjutant General1. Quote above from a GGGrandchild, posted online. His burial place from his gravesite on Findagrave, with further information from family genealogists. The reunion detail from George Washington Kingsbury's History of Dakota Territory, Volume 2 (1915).


08/29/1843; Rochester, NY


04/13/1907; Yankton, SD; burial in Yankton City Cemetery, Yankton, SD


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, pg. 182  [AotW citation 13225]