Jason Guin was conscripted into the Confederate Army. He escaped to the Union Lines on the underground slave railway, which he had helped set up.
Although he was born about 1822, he stated that he was only 32 when he enlisted in the Union Army. He was first a civilian scout, carrying messages between various Union Generals and E Woolsey Peck of Tuscaloosa, leader of the Unionist Cabal. While on a scouting mission, he was cornered at E Woolsey Peck's home but escaped, swimming across the Warrior River on his horse while bullets were flying around him.
After the war, Jason was shot twice in an ambush, attacked by overwhelming numbers, and left for dead. He would have died, but for the loyalty of a Negro who lived on his farm.
Jason served several terms as sherrif in Sanford/Lamar Co., AL.
He died in 1878 of a heart attack.
Vernon City Cemetery, Vernon, Lamar County, AL
Service records compiled by Glenda Todd and used with her permission. This and other information about the history of the First and the men who fought with the unit
can be found in her book, First Alabama Cavalry, USA: Homage to Patriotism.