G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
14th MAINE VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 12/61 Augusta, ME
Discharged: 8/28/65 Darien, GA
Mustered Out: 9/28/65 Augusta, ME
The 14th Maine left the state almost immediately following being mustered into U.S. service. Throughout its 3 year tenure it saw hard campaigning in the western theater of the south and with General Sheridan driving Confederate forces from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley in 1864.
When the unit’s term of service expired (12/23/64) those members not having completed enlistments were organized into a battalion of four (A, B, C, D) companies. In April, 1865 as yet unassigned one year Maine companies (13th,14th,17th,20th,22nd & 23rd ) were attached to “the battalion” as companies E,F,G.H,I, and K. Now at full regimental strength this “new” 14th Maine performed guard and patrol duty at Savannah, Augusta, and Darien, GA until final muster.
Residence: Milbridge, ME Age: 18 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 2/25 or 3/16/65 Cherryfield, ME Rank: Pvt.
Discharged: 8/28/65 Darien GA
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Guilford Pineo was born 12/25 (or 26), 1846 in Cherryfield, ME. It was here at 18 years of age the laborer/farmer enlisted in the U.S. Army during the waning days of the War of the Rebellion. His period of service was most likely to have been one year. As a member of the “new” 14th he was probably not exposed to any hostile fire.
Leaving the military in the summer of 1865, the former private, with what appears to have been a stop in Boston, MA, made his way back to Maine. The “stop” referred to stems from a pension form entry which indicates he was discharged 10/18/65 “from hospital, Sumner St., Boston, MA” While there are no details regarding this hospital stay, it may have been a portent of events to come
By 1880 the 5’6”, blue-eyed bachelor had, via Wisconsin, made his way to Snohomish, WA. Here, in 1906, he clamed that as a “sailor” since leaving the army he had “no permanent home at any time.” Furthermore, his occupation was noted as “patient on parole from Western Washington insane hospital.”
82.3 year old Guilford Pineo died in Sedro Wooley, WA 4/18/28. Linnie A. Rhodes, his “guardian”, subsequently petitioned the U.S. Government for an additional $390 of his $65 per month invalid pension. It is not known if payment was granted.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
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