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Robert Marion Garrett

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1840 - 1924
Co. C, 42nd Va. Infantry

Robert Marion Garrett was born in Bedford County, Virginia on 24 May 1840. He was the son of Sarah Cafrin Martin and Absolam Garrett. Robert married first to Martha Clay Saunders who was born 5 Jun 3 1846. There were seven children born to this union. Martha died 20 March 1885 and Robert married Kaziah Tabitha Gill who was born 1 March 1864. There were six children born to this union.

On 18 May 1861, Robert enlisted in the Confederate Army in Lisbon, Virginia and was a Lieutenant in Company C, 42nd Virginia Infantry commanded by Captain John Buford. He also served under Captains James Wilson, William T. Graves and Waddy Burton in Troop F, 2nd Virginia Cavalry, known as the “Bedford Southside Dragoons.

Robert did not speak much of the war and only mentioned that a hole was shot through his hat. He received not a scratch in the four years of the war, but once became so hungry that when issued pork bacon, he ate it raw, as he couldn’t wait to cook it. His father told him when he left for the war that if he chewed tobacco it woul ward off diseases. He chewed tobacco for the rest of his life.

In 1916 he received a pension for his service to the Confederacy. He was a member of the Baptist Church and the Masonic Order. He was asked by a family member, shortly before his death, if he wanted a preacher at his bedside. His response was, “No, God has looked after me this long and I’m not afraid to trust Him the rest of the way.” He died at his home in Roanoke County, 20 July 1924 and is buried by his first wife in the Saunders Cemetery at Old White House in Bedford.

The William Watts Chapter of the UDC placed a Confederate Cross and a bronze marker on his grave in 1970. His youngest child, Rosa Garrett Kesler was a member of that Chapter and a Real Daughter. She died 27 March 1977. Her daughter, Frances Kesler Murray joined the Jubal Early Chapter of the UDC in June 2002.

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