Santa Cruz County History - People

Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson

QUINN, JOHN (dates unknown)

Pajaro Times (March 26, 1864)

Captain John Quinn- arrived in Sacramento from Salt Lake, on his way to Visalia. Captain John Quinn joined the Third Regiment of Infantry as a private from Santa Cruz. In the battle of Bear River he led the last and most dangerous charge on the Indians with acknowledged gallantry, and was, in consequence promoted to a Lieutenancy. He has recently been appointed Captain and is about take command of Co. E, at Visalia, vice Captain Alkey, resigned.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (June 13, 1868)

Still They Return

Capt. John Quinn arrived in town last Saturday and was warmly welcomed by his old friends. Capt. Quinn left here in 1861, as 2d Lieut., of Co. L, 2d California Cavalry, Capt. Brown. He was promoted for bravery at Bear River, in 1863, and in subsequent fights with the Indians, sustain the reputation of a brave and efficient officer. He has returned to his old home with the intention of remaining permanently.

Editorial Notes from Robert L. Nelson

John Quinn enlisted as a 2nd Lt in Co L of the 2nd California Cavalry on Sept. 23, 1861. Handwritten records indicate that his age was 66, however that seems quite high for a 2nd Lt. He was promoted to 1st Lt. on February 24, 1863 and participated in the Battle of Bear River in Washington Territory.

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