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Surg H. McGuire, CSA

Surg H. McGuire, CSA

Confederate (CSA)


Hunter Holmes McGuire

(1835 - 1900)

Home State: Virginia

Education: Winchester Medical College, Class of 1855

Command Billet: Medical Director, Army Corps

Branch of Service: Medical

Unit: Jackson's Command

Before Sharpsburg

The son of a prominent Virginia doctor, he enlisted as a private in the Winchester Rifles (Co. F of the 2nd Virginia, Stonewall Brigade) in 1861, but was too valuable to serve as a foot soldier when the Confederacy needed trained doctors. McGuire was made a brigade surgeon and was ordered to report to General Thomas Jackson at Harpers Ferry.

He served in all the major battles of the Army of Northern Virginia as the medical director of the famed Second (Jackson's) Corps.

After the War

McGuire after the War went to Richmond where he later founded the institute (St. Lukes, 1885?) that is today the Medical College of Virginia, and had a career that was varied and productive. He forever remained a staunch supporter of Jackson's reputation and image, writing several biographical sketches and giving speeches about his former commander. McGuire served also as a professor after the War, was president of numerous medical organizations and societys including the American Medical Assocaiation.

In addition, he married and fathered 10 children, some of whom followed in his footsteps in pursuing medical careers. He died of complications of a cerberal embolism on September 19, 1900. A statue stands on the Virginia State House grounds to the Winchester physican.

More on the Web

See also the dedicated online site from Jenny Goellnitz (source for much of this profile), and a talk Dr McGuire himself gave in 1889.


10/11/1835; Winchester, VA


9/19/1900 Richmond, VA; burial in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA