(1835 - 1862)
Home State: Georgia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 6th Georgia Infantry
He was commissioned Captain, Company B, 6th Georgia Infantry on 20 May 1861.
On the Campaign
His regiment was the at far right of Colquitt's Brigade - and at the farthest point of Confederate advance - in the northeast corner of Miller's Cornfield at about 8:30 am on the morning of 17 September 1862. The 7th and 66th Ohio regiments marched unobserved to within 30 yards of their line [map] ...
It was but a moment before the Captain [Hanna] of the 6th Georgia approached Lieutenant Colonel Newton and reported that they were being flanked and instantly both the Captain and Newton were killed by the first volley of the 66th Ohio.
The 7th Ohio now joined the fire and Gordon's men poured in heavy volleys, but Colquitt's men stood their ground most manfully. It was not for long, however, for soon they were struck on the right flank and rear ...
References & notes
Basic information from Henderson.1 The battle quote from Carman.2 Details from Dade County historian Linda Hawkins Wilson. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph kindly provided by John Banks, from the collection of descendant Neal Thompson.
Only surviving child of Alexander B and Matilda Guinn Hanna, John married Virginia Emily Smith Mooney in Warren County, TN in 1855. John and Virginia's 2 year old son William Alexander Hanna died shortly after his father, on 2 December 1862.
08/10/1835; Rising Fawn, Dade County, GA
09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Hanna Cemetery, Rising Fawn, GA
1 Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964, Vol. 1, pg. 759 [AotW citation 9562]
2 Carman, Ezra Ayers, and Dr. Thomas G. Clemens, editor, The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, 3 volumes, El Dorado Hills (CA): Savas Beatie, 2010-17, Vol. II, pg. 137; note 42 [AotW citation 21809]