Robert Garrett

BirthAug. 16, 1836
DeathSept. 6, 1937
CemeteryAllliance (Alliance)
PostDayton (Alliance)
Unit24th Iowa Infantry, Company K

Private Robert Garrett

Company K, 24th Iowa Infantry

Veteran Reserve Corps

Garrett was born in Canada on August 16, 1836. He was residing in Wyoming (Jones County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on February 9, 1864. He was mustered on March 11, 1864 and served about 11 months. Garrett was seriously wounded on at the Battle of Winchester (VA) on September 19, 1864. Due to his wound he was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC) on February 1, 1865. The VRC was established for soldiers that had been wounded, injured, or were suffering from disease. They were assigned “light duty” which freed up able-bodied soldiers for front-line duty. One Civil War source indicates that Garrett was discharged from the VRC on October 2, 1865.

Garrett joined the 24th Iowa Infantry in the latter stages of the Civil War. The unit was assigned to General Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign from August 7 to November 28, 1864. The Battle of Winchester was part of that campaign. Garrett was one of the 58 soldiers from the regiment that was wounded that day. In addition, 12 were killed and 4 were taken prisoner.

He died on September 6, 1937 at the age of 101 years. He is buried in the Alliance Cemetery in Alliance (Box Butte County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Dayton Post (#321) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Alliance.

Doc – Garrett(24IOWA)

Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.