Richard Garnett

Richard Brooke Garnett (1817 - 1863)

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Brig Gen Richard Brooke Garnett
Born in Essex County, Virginiamap
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Died in Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvaniamap
Profile last modified 21 Nov 2019 | Created 6 Jan 2018 | Last significant change: 21 Nov 2019
17:18: Steven Driskell edited the Primary Photo for Richard Brooke Garnett (1817-1863). [Thank Steven for this]
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Southern Cross of Honor Richard Brooke Garnett was a graduate of the United States Military Academy, a career United States Army officer and a Confederate Brigadier General in the American Civil War. He was killed during Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg.[1]

Son of William Garnett and Anna Maria Brooke.[2] Richard was born on 21 November 1817 at Rose Hill plantation, in Essex County, Virginia. Final resting place in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.[3]

Image Note A 1908 letter from a member of the Garnett family emphatically declared that the alleged likeness of Richard “can and will be vouched for by any member of the family as an authentic likeness of Robert S Garnett, and not Richard B Garnett, of whom there is no picture in existence so far as known. R B Garnett was a man of just the opposite type, having light hair and blue eyes, and he wore no full beard.” The late Eleanor Brockenbrough of Richmond, a mainstay on the staff of the Museum of the Confederacy and an incomparable oracle on all things Virginian from the Civil War era, knew Garnett family members well and agreed with them that no image of Dick Garnett survived.[4]


  1. Richard B Garnett,, accessed November 21, 2019.
  2. Genealogy of the Mercer-Garnett Family of Essex County, Virginia. Supposed to be descended from the Garnetts of Lancashire, England. Compiled from original records, and from oral and written statements of members of the family, by James Mercer Garnett (1840-1916), 1910, page 38,
  3. Richard Brooke Garnett, Find A Grave: Memorial #4544, accessed November 21, 2019.
  4. Has General Garnett been Found,, Robert K Krick, America’s Civil War, May 2009, accessed November 21, 2019.

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