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John P. Stanton
US Army

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Join date : 2018-04-04
Age : 59
Location : Hidden Hills Missouri

PostSubject: Character Submission: John P. Stanton   17.04.18 23:39



Early Life and Family History

On December 12th 1844 The first child of Jonathan and Rebecca Stanton was born. The birth was attended by Dr. Harold Homes of Erie Pennsylvania and several servants at the Stanton estate. The child was named after his Grandfather, John Peter Stanton. The Stanton family had been in Erie Pennsylvania for Five generations beginning as lakeside traders and merchants. The family expanded over the years into commercial fishing, warehousing and transportation of goods for a wide area. His namesake started the first banking and loan institution and did very well expanding his real estate holdings in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. As the years went by His father bought mineral rights and began a thriving mining company in Eastern Pennsylvania. The Stanton Estate expanded with several more siblings born after John. His Mother Rebecca was a noted philanthropist helping charities, starting schools and medical clinics in the small over populated mining towns that seemed to be springing up everywhere.
Johns upbringing was very strict. His parents focused on his education foremost as a child. Private tutors were hired insuring there was always a lesson or to to be completed. Starting from a very young age John was found at the estate stables and was noted as a very capable horseman by the time he was Ten. It was clear he had a good mind for numbers and calculations far more capable than most adults. At Fourteen he came under the shadow of his father. Assisting in mining and shipping logistics, traveling and gathering endless data to supply and grow a large company. The Stanton’s family status and fortune was a powerhouse. Well respected and known in several states, it wasn’t unusual for visits from Senators, Congressmen to the families private home during the summer months. John was working with several planners on inventorying rolling stock rail cars when a request to return home was requested by his Father. Fearing something dreadful had happened but he arrived only to find that he had been asked if he would be interested in attending the United States Military Academy. His Father was pushing for his consideration with several Governors who could make the appointment for him if he chose to do so. His Mother also concurred that the discipline and further closely supervised education would place John social status in a much higher category. The thought of a rigorous future appealed to John, he was tall for his age and well built. Dark haired and courteous to a fault. Academically he was solid in mathematics and Geology. He accepted the appointment and several weeks later headed to West Point.

West Point

On May 5th 1951 John Stanton arrived at the academy and began his cadet education. That summer and fall was different, the weather was unusually cool and a brutal winter came early. Several of his classmates resigned and returned home due to family hardships. He remained and accomplished drills and field problems in several feet of snow.The class rejoiced in the classrooms as they were at least somewhat heated. Barracks life was very strict and dismal. At the end of his first year it was clear that Cadet Stanton was a well respected leader. And he had set the bar very high for his classmates. He would often be found tutoring fellow cadets in mathematics, a subject that many failed in. The summers where never long enough at summer break, but he diligently moved forward into his fourth year and graduation in June 1855. John Stanton ranked second in his class in Structural Engineering and first in Geology. He was noted by his instructors as a suburb organisor and excelled in Topography. He had no rough edges. Calm and somewhat stoic in command he would never fear to take the lead in any situation. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant he returned home to await assignment.

US Army, Department of the East

After arriving home to Erie John had received orders to the War Department in Washington DC. He arrived and reported in. He was quickly was placed on the staff of Brigadier General Edwin Hopkins the newly appointed chief quartermaster of the Department of the East. His experience in logistics and knowledge of the Erie area a key factor in his selection. Johns stay in Washington was short, and along with several other officers he returned to begin construction of a Military Arsenal and supply depot in Erie. It would be a daunting task as there was little or no infrastructure in place. Under the command of Colonel Strong Vincent work began in earnest within the next month as supplies started to arrive. John was well acquainted with Colonel Vincent who was a practicing lawyer of good standing in the Erie area. Both were young and very determined to succeed in their endeavors. John purchased and procured warehousing, docks and land needed. Colonel Vincent assigned contracts with local merchants and began construction of the actual depot and barracks needed. With the backgrounds of both men in the area things couldn’t have went smoother. As chief Quartermaster of the depot John received his promotion to First Lieutenant in June of 1857 much to his surprise. Three companies of volunteer infantry were called up by the State of Pennsylvania and assigned to the Arsenal the next spring. The political situation in the south was indeed becoming a serious issue. John kept his allegiance to the United States well known, but kept his politics to himself. Many Officers serving with him were far to vocal on their support for the “Southern cause” as they called it. As the Arsenal grew into a somewhat solid operational unit the political situation made it quite difficult for loyal Union Officers and men. In the beginning it seemed to be just boasting and veiled threats. However in November 1859 more than half of the Officers and men departed the Arsenal and headed South. The vacuum left was startling. John found himself quickly promoted to Captain and assumed duties of the remnants of Two Infantry companies. He reorganized and combined what was left of both units which became the core of the 83rd Pennsylvanian Volunteer Infantry. The primary duties being to secure and fortify the Arsenal. Colonel Vincent had been recalled to Philadelphia for a meeting with senior command staff leaving Command to John. The schedule of supplies and reorganization were the primary mission, being short handed personal attention to many tasks fell to John to get them completed, he had gathered several junior officers and seasoned NCO’s to keep things on track. After several days the operation seemed to run smoothly. A dispatch arrived from Colonel Vincent that he was to increase the security in the area and ensure the docks along the lake were kept firmly in Union hands by any means. This dispatch came just days before an incident had occurred between local longshoremen and the Union detail assigned to the dock receiving area. John quickly evaluated the situation and discovered one of the shipping companies refused to unload coal from a large barge. The shipping company was owned and operated by a known Southern sympathizer named James Herndan. John knew the man as a stiff and unreasonable man of low moral standards. Acting on the dispatch he assembled Two squads of infantrymen and paid Mr. Herndan a visit. He reminded the man he was under legal contract to the United States Army to unload said products The shipper was advised that failure to do so would result in termination of his contract and it would be void. With a sizable crowd gathering Herndan felt that the young Army Captain was bluffing and he would order the ship and it’s cargo burned before his men would step aside. Herndan was given no warning, no second chance. John gave the order to Take Herndan into custody to the Erie County Sheriff. When Herndan resisted he was knocked senseless by a swift blow on the side of the head from Captain Stanton’s Army Colt revolver. The cargo was unloaded without further issue and the incident controlled.
Eighth Street Armory, Erie PA.

Duties for Captain Stanton have resumed and expanded at the Armory and the Depot. Another unnamed unit has formed, One Battery of Twelve Pound Guns arrived with three sections of untrained Artillerymen. John has begun training and drilling this unit until the return of Colonel Vincent which is expected in the next few days.



Timeline Military Career Ranks held:

  • 2nd Lieutenant (One June, 1855)
  • 1st Lieutenant (Ten June, 1858)
  • Captain (One June, 1859)
  • Major (Day, Year to Day, Year)
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Day, Year to Day, Year)
  • Colonel (Day, Year to Day, Year)
  • Brigadier General (Day, Year to Day, Year)
  • Major General (Day, Year to Day, Year)






Short Biography

Name John P. Stanton
Nickname NICKNAME
Date of Birth December 12 1834
Age 26
Place of Birth Erie, PA
Date of Death -
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Mother Ritaclaire Stanton
Father Jonathan Stanton
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Siblings
  • Jacob
  • Annette
  • Rebecca
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  • Allegiance USA
    Army USA
    Branch INFANTRY
    Prior Service US Army
    Years of Service 9 Years (US Army)
  • Present (CS Army)
  • Current Rank Captain
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  • 1st LT
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  • Current Location Erie PA.
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