General Kenner Garrard


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Civil War Harper's Weekly, February 11, 1865

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FEBRUARY 11, 1865.]






BRIGADIER - GENERAL KENNER GARRARD was born in Garrard County, Kentucky, and is now thirty-five years old. His home from boyhood has been in Cincinnati, Ohio. He entered West Point in 1847, graduated in 1851, and was appointed to the First United States Dragoons. In 1855 he was transferred to the Second United States Cavalry, and in 1861 promoted to a Captaincy. Up to this date his service had been mostly in Texas and New Mexico. In 1856, while Adjutant of the Second United States Cavalry, the following were officers in that regiment: A. SIDNEY JOHNSTON, Colonel; R. E. LEE, Lieutenant-Colonel ; HARDEE and GEO.

H. THOMAS, Majors ; VAN DORN, E. KIRBY SMITH, STONEMAN, PALMER, OAKES, and EVANS, Captains ; and R. W. JOHNSON, FIELD, HOOD, FITZHUGH LEE, COSBY, and PHIFER, Lieutenants. All these have since held positions as general officers in the Federal and Rebel armies, and most of them have been noted for their signal ability. In April, 1861, Captain GARRARD was, with the troops under General TWIGGS in Texas, surrendered to the rebels, remaining under parole until September, 1862. His comrades tried hard to persuade him to join them, appealing to him as a man of Southern birth. But their proffers were firmly rejected, and he, with great difficulty, made his way from Texas to Washington, with twenty thousand dollars of govern-

ment funds in his pockets, which was safely turned over to the Government. He was appointed Commandant at West Point in December, 1861, where he introduced some useful changes in the drill and instruction of the Cadets. In September, 1862, he was released from parole by exchange, and re-signed his post at West Point, to take command, as Colonel, of the One Hundred and Forty-sixth New York Volunteers. This regiment soon became an efficient one, and, with him as its leader, took part in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. He succeeded General WEED (who was killed at Gettysburg) in the command of the Third Brigade of General SYKES'S Division, being appointed Brigadier-General of Vol-

unteers in July, 1863, and in November, 1863, a Major in the Third United States Cavalry. In December, 1863, he was made Chief of the Cavalry Bureau at Washington, but was the next mouth, at. his own request, relieved from that duty to take command of the Second Division of Cavalry in the Army of the Cumberland, under General SHERMAN. General GARRARD tools an active part in General SHERMAN'S campaign, from its commencement to the taking of Atlanta. He participated in the battle of Nashville under General Thomas, who makes in his report particular mention of General GARRARD'S gallant conduct. On the left of M'ARTHUR, he carried the enemy's intrenchments in his front, capturing all the artillery and troops on the line.


General Kenner Garrard
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