Sergeant Patrick McGuire
Fifth Iowa Volunteer Cavalry
Patrick Morgan McGuire was a twenty-three year old resident of Omaha when he enlisted in Company A of the Curtis Horse. After serving a year in that Company he transferred to Company H of the regiment in October of 1862. He must have transferred to enable his promotion to Company Quartermaster Sergeant, since the promotion is recorded as occurring on the same day.
The Official Roster records that Morgan was "taken prisoner July 31, 1864, Newnan, Georgia." This, however, was not the first time he was captured by the Confederates. That story is briefly related in an excerpt from a letter written to his father. The June 16, 1862 issue of the Daily Gazette published in Davenport, Iowa, includes the following report:
A Davenport Soldier is Taken Prisoner and Escapes. We make the following extract from a letter written by P.M. McGuire to his father, James McGuire, Esq., giving an account of his capture, forced travels in Secessia, and final escape from the rebels. Mr. McGuire belongs to Co. A., Curtis' Horse, and although a young man, is an old citizen of this place. His letter is dated Fort Hieman, June 5th.
Sadly, Morgan's second imprisonment did not end as fortuitously as did his first. He died of disease while still held a prisoner, on November 8, 1864, Florence, South Carolina.