John H Cannon


BirthJuly 18, 1844
DeathOct. 23, 1932
CemeteryOgallala (Ogallala)
PostThayer (Alexandria)
Unit16th Illinois Infantry, Company E

Private John H. Cannon

Company E, 16th Illinois Infantry

Cannon was born in New Holland (Pickaway County), Ohio on July 18, 1844. He was living in Mount Sterling (Brown County), Illinois when he enlisted and was mustered on June 1, 1861. Cannon re-enlisted on December 23, 1863 and served a total of 4 years and 1 month with the regiment. He was mustered out on July 8, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky.

The 16th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Quincy, Illinois on May 24, 1861. During Cannon’s enlistment, the unit was involved in many battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).

Operations in Georgia and Alabama against Confederate Generals Forest and Hood (September 29-November 3, 1864).

General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).

Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (NC/SC) (January-April, 1865).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 19-21, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

Cannon died on October 23, 1932 at the age of 88 years. He is buried in the Ogalalla Cemetery in Ogalalla (Keith County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Thayer Post (#215) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Ogalalla.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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