Lafayette Guild was the assistant surgeon at Fort Humbolt during his time with the U.S. Army. In 1861, Guild resigned his army commission and joined the Confederacy. Eventually, Guild became the personal surgeon for Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
On one of the windows of former hospital at Fort Humboldt is a tribute to Lafayette Guild.
The hospital is the only original building left at Fort Humboldt. The rest were destroyed by the earthquake of 1906.