Capt John Foote Lane

Capt John Foote Lane

Birth
Boone County, Kentucky, USA
Death 19 Oct 1836 (aged 26)
Marion County, Florida, USA
Burial Saint Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida, USA
Plot Beneath the Dade Pyramids
Memorial ID 53719083 · View Source
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John F. Lane was appointed a Cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1824, from which he graduated 10th in the Class of 1828 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the 4th Artillery Regiment. His eight years in the Army involved him in a very miscellaneous series of assignments: he taught mathematics at West Point, built a breakwater in Delaware, was assigned to Indian removal for two years, was posted to various Eastern garrisons, worked in the Quartermaster-General's Office in Washington, DC, and finally, being promoted to Captain in the 2d Dragoons, was sent to fight in the Second Seminole War in June, 1836. He was assigned to the Mounted Creek Volunteers in September with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, saw combat near Tampa Bay, and died by his own hand soon after, at Fort Drane, in what some newspapers at the time attributed to an attack of insanity caused by encephalitis. He was 26 years old, making his probable year of birth 1810.

Sources: Cullum's Biographical Register of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, Vol. I, p409; Veterans Administration records as posted at Interment.Net; and with thanks to Nora Barton Carver: Charleston Courier, Oct. 26, 1836 as quoted in several other contemporaneous newspapers, especially the Indiana American, Nov. 11, 1836.


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  • Created by: Bill Thayer
  • Added: 15 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 53719083
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt John Foote Lane (21 Dec 1809–19 Oct 1836), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53719083, citing Saint Augustine National Cemetery, Saint Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Bill Thayer (contributor 46555645) .