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James Kindred "Jack" McGuire (October 14, 1845 - May 22, 1889) served as a corporal in Company I, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

McGuire was born October 14, 1845 in Ashe County, North Carolina to Milas and Cyrena (Clawson) McGuire.[1] He married Mary Elizabeth Howell (1847-1891) with whom he had at least two children.[2]

Civil War service

McGuire enlisted as a private in Company I on January 15, 1864 in Taylorsville, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in October 25, 1864 at New Market, Tennessee. He was appointed corporal on July 1, 1865.

He is described as 18 years old, 5' 6" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.

McGuire is listed as present for duty throughout his term of service for which muster roll records have survived.

McGuire mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had never been paid, owed $24.37 to the government for clothing in kind or money advanced, and was owed a $300 bounty.

Post-war life

McGuire died April 12, 1890 in Prairie City, Oregon and is buried there at Prairie City Cemetery. His wife applied for a widow's pension on April 12, 1890.

Due to confusion among descendants, McGuire is buried under a modern Confederate headstone that erroneously records his service with the 6th Tennessee Cavalry, CSA.[3] Another James McGuire was serving in the Confederate Army at the same time and it thus impossible that James K. McGuire had served as a Confederate soldier.[4]


  1. McGuire's surname is spelled "McGuyre" on all of his regimental records.
  2. 1880 U.S. Census, Old Field Township, Ashe County, North Carolina.
  3. Attempts to contact descendants to correct this error have gone unanswered.
  4. The other James McGuire enlisted on September 25, 1863 as a corporal in Company E, 6th Tennessee Cavalry, CSA, at Bowling Green, Kentucky. His residence was given as Columbia, Tennessee and he was paroled at Charlotte, North Carolina on May 3, 1865.

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