b. 25/10/1844 Germany. d. 29/08/1927 Hutchings, Kansas.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 22/05/1863 Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient. He served during the Civil War as a Private in Company E, 37th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He would go on to be awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 22, 1863. His citation simply reads “Gallantry in the charge of the “volunteer storming party.” On the day in question 150 men were called to volunteer to make a “forlorn hope” diversionary charge on the Confederate position known as the Stockade Redan – a charge that was intended to draw fire away from the real planned attack, and a charge no one was expected to return from (to this end, only unmarried men were accepted as volunteers). After charging an open plain in full view of the Confederates, the withering fire was such that most of the volunteers were cut down, and those that made it through the fire sought shelter in a ravine under the Redan. There they stayed and fought until nightfall, when the survivors made their way to return to the Union lines, Private John being one of them (85 percent of the men who made the charge did not make it back). He was awarded his Medal on July 14, 1894, nearly thirty years after he played his part at Vicksburg.
Gallantry in the charge of the “volunteer storming party.”
BURIAL LOCATION: PRATTSBURG CEMETERY, MACKSVILLE, KANSAS.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: BELIEVED TO BE FAMILY.