|John S. Lanning|
|Born||August 29, 1843|
|Died||April 13, 1907(aged 63)|
|Place of birth||Rochester, New York|
|Place of burial||Yankton, South Dakota|
United States of America|
United States Navy|
American Civil War|
• Battle of Natural Bridge
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Born on August 29, 1843, in Rochester, New York, Lanning joined the Navy from that state. By March 5, 1865, he was serving as a landsman on the USS Magnolia. On that day and the next, he accompanied a Union Army force during the Battle of Natural Bridge near St. Marks, Florida. He helped transport and fire a naval howitzer throughout the engagement despite heavy Confederate fire. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor three months later, on June 22, 1865. The medal was issued under the name he had enlisted with, John S. Lann. He was one of six sailors to receive the medal for manning artillery pieces during the battle, the others being Seaman John Mack, Seaman George Pyne, Ordinary Seaman Charles Read, Coxswain George Schutt, and Seaman Thomas Smith.
Lanning's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
As landsman on board the U.S.S. Magnolia, St. Marks, Fla., 5 and 6 March, Lann served with the Army in charge of Navy howitzers during the attack on St. Marks and throughout this fierce engagement made remarkable efforts in assisting transport of the gun. His coolness and determination in standing by his gun while under the fire of the enemy were a credit to the service to which he belonged.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
- "John S. Lanning". Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=2008. Retrieved September 9, 2011.
- "Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients (A–L)". Medal of Honor Citations. United States Army Center of Military History. June 26, 2011. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwaral.html. Retrieved September 9, 2011.
- "Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients (M–Z)". Medal of Honor Citations. United States Army Center of Military History. June 26, 2011. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwarmz.html. Retrieved September 9, 2011.
- John S. Lanning at Find a Grave
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