Latshaw McGuire, Chaplin, 10th Pennsylvania Reserves

The Washington Reporter – January 2, 1907

Death of Aged Minister

The Rev. Latshaw McGuire Was Well Known In This County.

Rev. Latshaw McGuire. (Source:

        The Rev. Latshaw McGuire, an aged minister and well known in Washington passed peacefully away at his home on Carnegie avenue Pittsburg, Wednesday morning. He was a pastor of the McCandless Avenue Methodist Episcopal church and one of the oldest and best known clergymen in western Pennsylvania. For some time he has been suffering from a blood clot in his right leg, which occasioned great suffering and was indirectly the cause of his death.

        The Rev. Latshaw McGuire was born in Baltimore, Md, on February 17, 1826. At the early age of 8 years he and other children were left orphans. They were taken to different parts of Ohio. He remained in Ohio until he reached his majority and early in life began the learning of a trade. He worked on a farm, in a store and later learned the trade of an engineer, the latter with the intention of becoming a steamboat engineer. About this time, however, he was married to Miss Julia Dutton, of Glenn’s Falls, and feeling that the river occupation would not be congenial, he abandoned the idea. He had actually accepted the position of an engineer on one of the old Wheeling and Cincinnati packet company’s boats.

        He was from earliest days n devout Christian and was at the time of his marriage a licensed exhorter. He was later licensed to preach, in July 1854, and conducted evangelistic services in the district then extending from Shousetown to Wheeling. He was admitted to the ministry at the session of the conference held at Cambridge, O, in 1858, being ordained to deacon’s orders by Bishop Scott. His first appointment was in a circuit in the vicinity of Coraopolis. He was later given charge of a circuit in Greene county. He was a man of great force and energy, and his work in every instance where he held meetings was crowned with marked success.

        In 1860, when the critical period of the nation’s life arrived, the Rev. Mr. McGuire made a stumping tour of Washington county, preaching patriotism and religion from the same platform. His course subjected him to adverse criticism, but he paid no attention to his opponents. He argued that he was unable to do otherwise, as his father had fought for the nation and his mother was a woman of undoubted piety. While stationed in Washington he was elected chaplain of the Tenth Pennsylvania Reserves, and remained in the field until after the battle of Malvern Hill. In his later years he was pastor of several congregations in the Pittsburg district. He was superannuated some three years ago. Although without regular appointment he continued in his chosen life work.

        The Rev. Mr. McGuire was twice married, his first wife, as referred to above, and the second was Miss Libda Manifold, of Martin’s Gerry, O. For forty-eight years she shared the triumphs and disappointments of a Methodist itinerant and died several years ago. For many years he was chaplain of the Fourteenth regiment, National Guards of Pennsylvania, and was a member of the Grand Army and of the Masonic fraternity.

Latshaw McGuire (1826-1907) – Find a Grave Memorial

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Brendon is a history buff who loves American History, especially the American Civil War. He is also a direct descendant of William H. Wagner of the 10th Pennsylvania Reserves. Member of the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves Co. A (Reenacting Unit). Creator of The Blue & Gray Historian on Instagram and Facebook. He is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.