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Federal (USV)

Private

James Miller Guinn

(1834 - 1918)

Home State: Ohio

Education: Oberlin College

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

Then a student at Oberlin, he enlisted on 20 April 1861 in the 7th Infantry (3 months), Company C. He reenlisted in the same company, 7th Ohio (3 years) on 19 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He was present for action at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Corporal on 1 November 1862, and discharged on 12 January 1863.

After the War

In November 1863 he traveled to California, via Panama, for his health. He went to Idaho looking for gold in 1864, but did not hit it rich, returning to California in 1867. He taught school in Alameda and was in the insurance business in San Francisco. In 1869 he went to Los Angeles County and was school superintendent in Anaheim for 12 years. He was superintendent of the Los Angeles City Schools from 1881 - 1884, then was a civic official and wrote prolifically on California history [some online from the Internet Archive].

References & notes

Basic information from Wilson1. Further details from a finding aid to his papers in the Huntington Library collection.

Birth

11/27/1834; Houston, OH

Death

09/1918; Highland Park, CA; burial in Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA

Notes

1   Wilson, Lawrence, and the Historical Committee of the Regimental Association, Itinerary of the Seventh Ohio Infantry 1861-1864, New York: The Neale Publishing Co., 1907, pg. 431  [AotW citation 13094]