Description: This is a photograph of a guidon of the 71st Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry. The swallowtail flag has a blue field with thirty four stars representing the states of the Union at the beginning of the Civil War. The Ohio 71st was organized at Camp Tod in Troy, Ohio from September 1861 to January 1862. They were involved the Battle of Shiloh, the Atlanta Campaign, the Siege of Atlanta, The Battle of Lovejoy's Station, the Battle of Jonesboro, Franklin-Nashville campaign, the Battle of Franklin and the Battle of Nashville. They were mustered out on November 30, 1865 in San Antonio, Texas. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL02025 Subjects: Flags--Ohio; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 Places: Troy (Ohio); Miami County (Ohio)
Description: This photograph of John A. McCurdy (1841-1925) is a formal portrait of the state legislator who represented Miami County in the 74th Ohio General Assembly House of Representatives (1900-1901). The oval portrait shows an older man with white hair and mustache and a cleft chin. On the left lapel of his jacket is an engraved round button or pin. This photograph was published in "The Ohio Manual of Legislative Practice Published by the Authority of the Seventy-Fourth General Assembly, 1900-1901."
McCurdy was born on March 26, 1841, in Staunton Township, Miami County. He was the son of James and Mary (MacDonald) McCurdy. James McCurdy was a native of Ireland. The family later moved to a farm in Concord Township, near Troy, Ohio. In February 1865, John McCurdy enlisted in Company B, 194th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and was mustered out later that year. He resumed farming, but in 1874 he moved to Troy, Ohio, where he engaged in business ventures. Troy was his home for the remainder of this life.
He was active in the Republican Party in Miami County and in Troy. He twice was elected county treasurer, serving from 1875 to 1879. In 1897 he was elected to the Ohio state legislature as the county’s representative and served two terms (73rd and 74th General Assembly, . He held several other posts in city and county government.
He died August 28, 1925, and was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Troy.
View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL07016 Subjects: Legislators--Ohio; Ohio History--State and Local Government; Politicians; Ohio General Assembly House of Representatives; 194th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (O.V.I.); Veterans Places: Miami County (Ohio)
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