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Lt. Col. John Springer Garvin
Posted by: Tod Molesworth (ID *****4474) Date: July 16, 2008 at 20:42:46
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I have been searching for this man for 12 years as I am a researcher of the 26th Alabama and started gathering information in 1996!! Thanks to a distant relative of his, he found a photo of his gravestone at Greenwood Cemetery. Unfortunately, there is no date of death or anything.

This man fought throughout the civil war. He was captured while doing rear guard action when Ft. Henry was abandoned and the troops evactuated to Ft. Donelson. He was later wounded by grape shot at Chancellorsville but recovered. Most of the officers of the 26th Alabama were killed our wounded at Chancellorsville with a captain commanding the Regiment and 2nd Lt's commanding companies by the end of the battle!! He was in command of the Regiment when they brought the first prisoners to Andersonville Prison and I have many letters from Union prisoners praising the 26th Alabama for their humantarian treatment of the prisoners for the short time they were there, it's even stated they were sad to see them go!!

Lt. Col. Garvin was later severely wounded at the disasterous battle of Frankin in late November of 1864 and wasn't expected to live but he did. This guy was a tough man!! He was born about 1827 in Georgia and was lawyer in Tuscaloosa, AL when the war started. Is there anybody that could possible look in the local paper or death records to find out when he died and possible see if there was an obituary?? This man deserves more than the simple gravestone that he now has. Thank You.

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