Martin E. McLane

Fireman 1st Class, USS Cincinnati

Martin E. McLane was born c1839 in Wellsville, Ohio and enlisted in Pittsburgh as a Fireman 2nd Class on 5 September 1864 for a one year term.[1],[2]. In the chapter about his father Matthew McLane, in the 1891 book "History of the Upper Ohio Valley", Martin's real name is given as Ebenezer M. McLane. The 1850 US Census returns for Wellsville for his family also lists Ebenezer as his legal first name, however the 1860 census gives his name as Martin. He was known by that name judging by the name used to refer to him in affidavits for his father's survivor's pension.

Per his father's pension application, McLane was sent to the receiving ship USS Great Western at Cairo, IL and then to the USS Cincinnati. At some point he was promoted from 2nd Class to 1st Class Fireman.

McLane died suddenly aboard the Cincinnati on 13 June 1865 of heart disease.[3]

McLane was 27 years old and had been in the Navy for just over ten months.


Mobile National Cemetery. Section 2, grave 370.



Awards and Memorials



[1] Return of the United States Naval Rendezvous, Pittsburgh, PA for the week ending September 10 1864

[2] NARA T1099. An index to rendezvous reports during the Civil War, 1861-1865.

[3] Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of Civil War and Later Navy Veterans ("Navy Widows' Certificates"), 1861-1910