|Death: ||Oct. 7, 1890|
Civil War Union Army Soldier. Private of Company E, 12th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He who was appointed 1st Sergeant of the organization was a veteran of the Mexican War, and a splendid soldier, but was not able to control his appetite for drink at all times. This led to his being reduced to the ranks on the 5th of June '61. He was well liked and when Capt. Hubler was promoted to Major and 2nd Lieut. Williams was elected Captain, McGuire was the choice of the company for 2nd Lieut and he was elected by a good majority, but by a little underhanded work, the vote of the Company was set aside and A. S. Milice received the commission. After that McGuire seemed to feel but little interest in the company. He discharged his duties without a word of complaint and would volunteer his services, whenever he would hear others complain, but while his duty was always well done, it was in a mechanical way. There was none of the old time life and spirit about it. When Ashby attacked Dam No 4 on the 11th of Dec 1861, McGuire was the first man to volunteer to accompany Capt. Williams to the south side of the river and was with the Captain taken prisoner and confined in Libby Prison at Richmond, Va. nearly three months. The inhuman treatment he received then completely undermined his health and when he was exchanged, he returned to Warsaw hoping that a few days out and home nursing would enable him to again report for duty. But the work that was begun in Libby was soon completed and on the 20th of April 1862 the sad news was received that Private James F. McGuire of Co. E had died at his home in Warsaw, Ind. of the disease that was contracted in the loathsome prison at Richmond. A neat monument in the cemetery at Warsaw, erected by his comrades now perpetuates his memory; while in the hearts of each of them there is, and always be a thrill of sorrow, when they think of "Poor Jim".
Created by: Joseph Lehe
Record added: Jul 24, 2005
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