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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1841

Vol. II

(Born Va.)

Robert S. Garnett

(Ap'd Va.)


Robert Selden Garnett: Born Dec. 16, 1819.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1837, to July 1, 1841, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1841.

Served: on the Northern Frontier during Canada Border Disturbances, at Buffalo, N. Y., 1841‑42, — and Ft. Ontario, N. Y., 1842; in garrison

(Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, Jan. 31, 1842)

at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1842‑43; at the Military Academy, as Asst. Instructor of Infantry Tactics, July 5, 1843, to Oct. 17, 1844; on Recruiting service, 1844; as Aide-de‑Camp to Brig.‑General Wool, Jan. 1 to Sep. 30, 1845; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46, being Adjutant of the Artillery Battalion, Oct. 3, 1845, to June 29, 1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, — Battle of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846, — Battle of Monterey,

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Aug. 18, 1846)

Sep. 21‑23, 1846, — and Battle of Buena Vista, Feb. 22‑23, 1847; as

(Bvt. Capt., Sep. 23, 1846,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the several Conflicts at Monterey, Mex.)

Aide-de‑Camp to Major-General Taylor, June 29, 1846, to Jan. 31, 1849;

(Bvt. Major, Feb. 23, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Buena Vista, Mex.)

(Transferred to 7th Infantry, Aug. 31, 1848)

in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1850; as Member of Board to Revise the Uniform Dress of the Army, at Washington, D. C., 1850‑51; on frontier duty at Corpus Christi, Tex., 1851‑52, — and Ringgold

(Captain, 7th Infantry, Mar. 9, 1851)

Barracks, Tex., 1852; at the Military Academy, as Commandant of Cadets, and Instructor of Infantry Tactics, Nov. 1, 1852, to July 31, 1854; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1855; on frontier duty, on Yakima

(Captain, 1st Cavalry, Mar. 3, 1855)

(Major, 9th Infantry, Mar. 27, 1855)

Expedition, 1856, — and Ft. Simcoe, Wash.,​a 1856; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1857; on frontier duty at Ft. Simcoe, Wash., 1857‑58, — Expedition against Puget Sound Indians, 1858, — and Ft. Simcoe, Wash., 1858; and on leave of absence in Europe, 1858‑61.

Resigned, Apr. 30, 1861.

 p94  Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States,​b1 and was

Killed, July 13, 1861, in the Combat of Carrick's Ford, W. Va.: Aged 41.

Buried, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.​b2

Thayer's Notes:

a Post returns show in fact that he was the post commander at Fort Simcoe, both in 1856 and in 1857‑58; I owe the heads‑up to John Stanton of FortWiki.

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b1 b2 As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. In his case, it was very brief, but it can be found, along with other interesting information — including a photograph of the Seal of the State of California which he designed — on a second page at Find-a‑Grave: not his gravesite, but a memorial erected to him in California.

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