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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1841

Vol. II

(Born Va.)

Richard B. Garnett

(Ap'd Va.)


Richard Brooke Garnett: Born Nov. 21, 1817, Essex County, VA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1836, to July 1, 1841, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 6th Infantry, July 1, 1841.

Served: in the Florida War, 1841‑42; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1842; on frontier duty at Ft. Towson, I. T., 1842, — and Ft. Smith, Ark., 1842‑45; as Aide-de‑Camp to Bvt. Brig.‑General Brooke, Sep. 6, 1845, to Mar. 9, 1851, at New Orleans, La., 1847‑49, and San

(First Lieut., 6th Infantry, Feb. 16, 1847)

Antonio, Tex., 1849‑51; on frontier duty at Ft. Laramie, Dak., 1852‑54; on Recruiting service, 1854‑55; on frontier duty at Ft. Pierre, Dak.,

(Captain, 6th Infantry, May 9, 1855)

1856, — in quelling Kansas Disturbances, 1856‑57, — in escorting Kansas Southern Boundary Commissioner, 1857, — at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1857‑58, — Utah Expedition, 1858, — March to California, 1858, — at Benicia, Cal., 1858, — March to Ft. Yuma, Cal., 1859, — Ft. Mojave, N. M., 1859‑60, — and Benicia, Cal., 1860‑61; and on leave of absence, 1861.

Resigned, May 17, 1861.

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

Killed, July 3, 1863, at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pa.: Aged 44.

Burial place unknown:
on the field of battle at Gettysburg, PA
or in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. The deficiency is made good on several websites.

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