Maj Martin Maginnis


Maj Martin Maginnis

Death 27 Mar 1919 (aged 77)
Burial Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 15577262 View Source
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Martin Maginnis

Residence was not listed; 20 years old.
Enlisted on 4/29/1861 as a 1st Sergeant.
On 4/29/1861 he mustered into "F" Co. MN 1st Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 5/4/1864
On 8/13/1864 he was commissioned into Field & Staff MN 11th Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 6/26/1865 at St Paul, MN

2nd Lieut 1/8/1862
1st Lieut 9/17/1862 (As of Co. H)
Capt 7/8/1863 (As of Co. K)
1st Lieut 8/13/1864 (1st Lieut & Quartermaster as of 11th MN Inf)
Major 9/13/1864
Intra Regimental Company Transfers:
9/17/1862 from company F to company H
7/8/1863 from company H to company K

Martin Maginnis was born on Oct 27, 1841, in Palmipa, in Wayne County, New York, of Irish parents, Patrick and Winnifred (Descane) Maginnis.
He enlisted at Red Wing on April 18, 1861. He was mustered in at Ft Snelling on April 29th and was appointed 1st sergeant of Company F. He was 5' 8" tall and was described as having a florid complexion.

He was discharged to accept a commission as 2nd lieutenant in August of that year.
He was wounded in the left shoulder at Savage Station on June 28 1862.
Martin was transferred from Company F to Company H on Sept 17, 1862, and was promoted to 1st lieutenant, replacing Francis Baasen, who had been appointed quartermaster of the regiment.
Martin was assigned to command the company on Sept 26th. On July 28, 1863 he was made captain of Company K, replacing Captain Joseph Periam, who had died from the wounds he received during the battle.

The picture, shown here of him as a captain, was taken sometime between July 28, 1863, and May 5, 1864.

When the unit was discharged in May of 1864 he rested for a time. He then joined the 11th Minn as quartermaster on Aug 13, 1864. He was promoted to major, on September 13, 1864. He served until June 26, 1865, when he was mustered out with the regiment, at Gallatin, Texas.

On March 11, 1868, he married Louise E Mann, at the Charles W Wadsworth home near Owosso, Michigan.

Martin spent the last four years of his life in California. He probably moved there for his health. On March 27, 1919, he died of gangrene of the foot, at his home at the Huntley Apartments, in Los Angeles. He had also been suffering from arterio slerosis. His body was sent to Helena, Montana for burial.

Note; Delegate from Montana Territory, 1873-1885.


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