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Address of Colonel John A. Garrett

Address of Colonel John A. Garrett

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Finding aid for the Address of Colonel John A. Garrett

BC.MSS.14.20

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

October 31, 2016



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Garrett, John A., 1824-1877
Title: Address of Colonel John A. Garrett
Dates: May 12, 1864
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains an address to his troops by Col. John A. Garrett, commander of the 40th Iowa Infantry Infantry, following the Camden Expedition and the Battle of Jenkins Ferry.
Identification: BC.MSS.14.20
Language: English

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains an address to his troops by Col. John A. Garrett, commander of the 40th Iowa Infantry, following the Camden Expedition and the Battle of Jenkins Ferry.


Biographical Information

John Alexander Garrett was born November 15, 1824, in Sullivan County, Indiana, to James and Anna Garrett. He attended Hanover College and Indiana University, where he received military training in a college company. In June 1847, he enlisted in Company G of the Fourth Indiana Infantry and served in the Mexican War. On his return to Indiana, he worked as a clerk in dry-goods store. On February 17, 1857, he married Martha Isabella Willard, and the next day left for Iowa. The couple eventually settled in Newton, Iowa, where they opened a dry goods store.

In August 1861 Garrett raised a company which became Company I, of the Tenth Iowa Infantry, with Garrett chosen as captain. He served in this capacity in Tennessee and Mississippi. In August 1862, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and assigned to the Twenty-second Iowa Infantry. Less than a month later, on September 17, he was promoted to full colonel and given command of the Fortieth Iowa Infantry, a position he held until the regiment mustered out at Fort Gibson, Cherokee Nation, on August 2, 1865. He returned home to Newton, Iowa, almost exactly four years from the day he first enlisted.

John and Martha Garrett had three children, but two died in early childhood, while he was away fighting. Only their daughter Annie survived to adulthood. After the war, Garrett continued in business in Newton, where he was active in the Grand Army of the Republic, with the local post named after him. He died there on January 23, 1877.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Camden Expedition (1864)
Cornell, Norman R., 1824-1912
Garrett, John A., 1824-1877
Jasper County (Iowa)--History.
Jenkins' Ferry, Battle of, Ark., 1864
Little Rock (Ark.) -- History -- 19th Century
United States. Army. Iowa Infantry Regiment, 10th. (1861-1865)
United States. Army. Iowa Infantry Regiment, 22nd. (1862-1865)
United States. Army. Iowa Infantry Regiment, 40th. (1862-1865)

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Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Address of Colonel John A. Garrett, MSS.14.20, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 2014


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