Santa Cruz County History - People

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

SAWYERS JAMES A (1824-1898)

Santa Cruz Surf (March 28, 1898)

Col James A. Sawyers died at his residence in Santa Cruz, Sunday morning March 26th. The deceased was born December 16 1824, in Giles county, Tennessee.

Col Sawyers was a strongly marked character. He was a veteran of the Mexican War and also of the Rebellion. He was called to the place of Colonel of the State troops of Iowa from the office of first Lieutenant of the United States troops. His service in all the places of trust and honor which he held were discharged with great force and honesty.

Perhaps the most arduous public service he rendered was the two years' work as superintendent in the Interior Department locating a government wagon road from the Missouri river to Virginia City, Montana. This was through a country inhabited only by the most hostile Indians.

For some years his health and sight have been failing and his final sickness was heart trouble. He preached many silent sermons of Christianity, morality and temperance. One characteristic of his life was the helping of poor but aspiring men to eminent positions.

The only organization to which he belonged was the Presbyterian church, of which he was a consistent and life long member.

The body of Col. J.A. Sawyers will be shipped tomorrow morning for Sioux City, Iowa, where the funeral services will be held.

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