Monday, May 3, 2021

John J. Guthrie-- Part 4: After the War

At the conclusion of the war, Guthrie moved to Portsmouth, Virginia,  where, later in the year, he became  the first Confederate States Navy  officer who had resigned from the U.S. Navy, to be pardoned by President Andrew Johnson and had his "disabilities" restored by act of Congress.  (I'm not exactly sure what the "disabilities" here means.)

President U.S. Grant appointed Guthrie paymaster and superintendent of the Life Saving Service's lifesaving stations between  Cape Henry and Cape Hatteras.

He died a hero when he was drowned while attempting  to rescue crewmen from  the steamer USS Huron, which had run aground off Nag's Head, North Carolina.

By a strange twist of fate, the wreck and his death occurred near the spot where  Guthrie's maternal grandfather, Captain William MacDaniel, had perished  years before.

--Old B-Runner

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