Israel was born in 1822. He was the son of Jeptha Garrard and Sarah Ludlow. He was commissioned Colonel in command of the 7th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on September 18, 1862, and went into the field with the army of Ohio. He joined General Ambrose E. Burnside and took command of a brigade then in Kentucky. In the summer of 1864, he took command of one wing of the Union Army in the fight at Cynthiana, served in the Atlanta campaign with General Sherman, going to the sea and commanded the cavalry of the army of Ohio during that march. He took part in the campaign of Nashville under General Thomas, which resulted in the destruction of General Hood's Confederate Army.  His last service was in the cavalry campaign under General Wilson, through Mississippi and Georgia. For his distinguished duty, he was brevetted Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers on June 20, 1865. Israel Garrard passed away in 1901, and was buried at Old Frontenac Cemetery, Frontenac, Goodhue County, Minnesota.
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