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Status: Deceased
Date of death: 1865
Occupation: Former Union Soldier
Relationships: Daniel Johnson - former commanding officer, deceased
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by: Uncredited
Season: 1
Episode: "A New Birth of Freedom"

Tanner was a former Union Army Lieutenant, who was accused of murdering Mary Bohannon.


Background information[]

Johnson's company (from left to right) Corporal Buckton Prescott, Sergeant Frank Harper, Captain Daniel Johnson, Lieutenant Tanner.

He served with Captain Daniel Johnson, Corporal Buckton Prescott, Sergeant Frank Harper, and Private Wustner in the American Civil War.

Sometime before the end of the war, Tanner and his unit came upon Cullen Bohannon's tobacco farm in Meridian, Mississippi. They burned the house and the barn, killing Bohannon's son, who was hiding in the hay loft. They also most likely raped Mary Bohannon, though this has never been overtly stated (Bohannon seemed to believe something traumatic happened to her that caused her to take her own life). One of the men, the sergeant, according to Johnson, strangled Mary and hung her from the porch. ("Pilot")

After the war, Tanner was murdered by Cullen Bohannon while he slept in Maryland. ("A New Birth of Freedom")


Season 1 appearances
"Pilot" "Immoral Mathematics" "A New Birth of Freedom" "Jamais Je Ne T'oublierai" "Bread and Circuses"
"Pride, Pomp and Circumstance" "Revelations" "Derailed" "Timshel" "God of Chaos"