During the Civil War Sloan was severely wounded. His entire lower jaw was shot away in battle. He was left for dead until Sloan obtained energy enough to scribble, "I am alive" on a small piece of paper. A passing chaplain spotted his note and immediately summoned help. After the war, Sloan was outfitted with an artificial chin (see image below).
He entered public life and became Chancery Clerk, an office he held for 18 years. He became a member of Pontotoc Lodge No. 81, F&AM and was secretary of the order for many years. He was also a member of Shield's Royal Arch Chapter No. 18 where he was a member of the Council. In his late years, John was compelled to give up all active work due to "increased feebleness and declining health but a man of his energy and love for his family could not remain idle, so much of his time when physically able he spent in directing the cultivation of garden and orchard which was a pleasant and congenial occupation when he was a younger and stronger man."
Information for this article was made available from an old newspaper articles furnished by Compatriot Charles Coleman of Grove Hill, Alabama, a relative of Capt. Sloan and taken from the "Alabama Confederate", newsletter of the Alabama Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, edited by Perry Outlaw, vol. 14, number 1, January 1995 . Wartime image of Capt. Sloan sent to Scott Williams, thanks to Curtis Dean Burchfield of Pontotoc County, Mississippi who obtained the copy from Capt. Sloan's great grandson, Dr. Edwin Orr III.
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