(July 1, 1816 to December 16, 1892)
Career military officer. Fought in the Mexican War and became a general in the Civil War. Commanded the department of Key West. His first wife was the daughter of Colonel Ichabod Crane. It is thought his was the name that Washington Irving gave to his "Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Brannan's wife met a mysterious death in New York.
John Brannan was US Military Academy at West Point Class of 1841, where he graduated 23rd out of 52 cadets. He was then assigned to the 1st U.S. Artillery.
During the Mexican War he was at the battles of Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo, La Hoya, Contreras and Churubusco. In the fight for Mexico City he was seriously wounded.