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Lieut Hezekiah H. Garber
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Birth: unknown
Death: Oct. 12, 1859

H.H. GARBER,
2nd Lieut., 4th Infantry, U.S.A.

Died at Fort Hoskins, Oct. 12, 1859.

"This stone erected by his comrades."

Near this grave were several others marked with flags but with no note of identification. It is said that several soldiers who died at Fort Hoskins were buried here. Doubtless they lie in these unmarked graves.
(Note: the name is misspelled as this man's name is Garber. It is believed that this grave has been victimized by robbers.)

There was an incident concerning the beautiful Indian maiden and Lt. H. H. Garber. On duty at Ft. Hoskins, he became acquainted with the young Woman in the early spring of 1850.

She was soon visiting the reputedly "very handsome" officer in his quarters and then moving in, apparently tolerated by fellow officers until her parents complained, not so much on moral grounds as they needed her at home.

Hoping to put an end to the affair, Cpt. Christopher Colon Augur sent Garber to Ft. Vancouver to cool off, but reckoned without the persistence of the young squaw who walked all the way to the fort on the Columbia to rejoin her lover.

Garber was returned to Ft. Hoskins and brought before Augur for a dressing down and a warning to stop seeing the young woman. This was supposed to end the matter but the Indian maiden was again discovered in the lieutenant's rooms.

Again sent for by Augur, tempers flared on both sides and Garber made some insubordinate remarks. He was sentenced to six months in the guardhouse but died of unstated causes on Oct. 12, 1859.

He was buried in the Kings Valley Cemetery, his grave identified only by the regular army marker for the time. Then his fellow soldiers contributed funds for a marble marker which was still standing in 1965. Ironically, as though pointing up his ill luck his name is misspelled.
Added by- Bill Noyes
Added: Sep. 10, 2007
Thanks Bill 
 
Burial:
Kings Valley Cemetery
Kings Valley
Benton County
Oregon, USA
 
Created by: Bev
Record added: Oct 04, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9552739
Lieut Hezekiah H. Garber
Added by: Bill Noyes
 
Lieut Hezekiah H. Garber
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Thank you for attempting to serve your country. Rest in Peace in Paradise with those who you love and those who love you, where time doesn't matter. With Respect,
- Kathie L. Webb Blair
 Added: Sep. 13, 2014
One cannot help but wonder what happened to the poor girl who loved this man. Such a sad story. May they both Rest in Peace, together in Heaven where ethnicity doesn't matter. With Respect,
- Kathie L. Webb Blair
 Added: Sep. 13, 2014

- Dee Mack
 Added: Sep. 12, 2011
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