|Birth: ||Aug. 31, 1825|
|Death: ||Mar. 13, 1908|
A Federal soldier in the civil war, twice promoted for gallant and meritorious service on the field of battle, also a veteran of the Mexican War, 1846-1848.(new addition & photos by Tom Denardo)
Odon Guitar was an excellent student and enrolled in the initial class of the University of Missouri in 1842. Although Guitar had been a slaveholder, he declared for the Union in a May 1861 speech in Columbia that caught the notice of George Caleb Bingham who observed, "Guitar is the truest man you have among you, all honor to him."
In February 1862, provisional Missouri Governor Hamilton Rowan Gamble granted Guitar authority to recruit a regiment in central Missouri, and on May 3, Guitar received his commission as colonel of the Ninth Missouri State Militia Cavalry.
Guitar and his command were soon engaged in a campaign against Confederate guerrillas and recruiters. Guitar had key roles in defeating both Joseph C. Porter and John A. Poindexter.
In recognition of his victories, Colonel Guitar was breveted to brigadier general by Major General John Schofield on August 18, 1862, and he was nominated as brigadier general of Volunteers on January 19, 1863, by Abraham Lincoln,
On July 6, 1863, he was given command of the District of Northern Missouri. As a slaveholder himself and attempting to respect the rights of Southerners in his district he received severe criticism by more radical Unionists.
From his St Joseph office at the World's Hotel (Patee House) Guitar tried to appease both Union and rebel citizens. He was relieved of that command on March 25, 1864 because Unionists believed he was too soft on the rebels.
I've heard stories of an unfortunate demonstration of rebel support by a minority of St Joe citizens which was observed by visiting dignitaries. This left the impression that St Joe sympathized with the rebels more than with the Unionists.
If the stories are accurate, the city was punished for that support by the building the Transcontinental Railroad from Omaha rather than St Joe. Local businessmen were also denied opportunities for that perceived support. (bio by: Tom Denardo)
Kate Leonard Guitar (1843 - 1926)
Odon Guitar (1873 - 1956)*
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Originally Created by: Tom Denardo
Record added: Feb 22, 2002
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