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 William H. Garland

William H. Garland

Birth
New York, USA
Death 11 Dec 1903 (aged 98–99)
Mountain Home, Washington County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee, USA
Plot Section A, Row 1, Site 1
Memorial ID 684477 · View Source
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William was the first soldier to pass away at what was then known as the Mountain Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (NHDVS). He was also interred in the Branch's cemetery the same day 11 December 1903 being the first soldier to be placed there at the time in Section E, Row 1, Site 1. Section E is now Section A and the cemetery is now known as the Mountain Home National Cemetery. William was 99 years old at the time of his passing. He had one very amazing life and wither stretched a bit or not was filled with high adventure and a very life altering tragedy.

You can get a taste of that life below from a newspaper clipping. A more detailed rendering covering his adventures in the War of 1812 at age of eight and after, the Mexican War, the Civil War and beyond will follow the above paragraph soon...


Oldest Member Dead.

Knoxville, Tenn., Dec. 15 -

Maj. Wm. H. Garland, aged 91 years, died at the National Soldiers' Home at Johnson City, Tenn., yesterday. He had shaken hands with every President of the United States except Washington. He was on the naval cadet detail that welcomed Lafayette on the second visit to America in 1824. He saw and conversed with Napoleon Bonaparte on the Island of St. Helena. One of his grandfathers' brothers was a signer of the warrant for beheading Charles I. His father was in the revolutionary war and of 1812, and was with Washington's Colonials in the Braddock engagement in the French and Indian war. Maj. Garland is the sole survivor of his family all relatives being deceased. His wife and children were drowned in the Evansville, Ind., flood in 1884, when he narrowly escaped, being rescued from a tree top. He was for many years a Baptist minister. He has been at the Soldiers' Home since early in October. His death was hastened by a fall which he sustained on a stairway soon after going to the home.

The Tomahawk (Mountain City, TN), Thursday, December 24, 1903


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  • Maintained by: Allen D. Jackson, USAF (Ret)
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 684477
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William H. Garland (1804–11 Dec 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 684477, citing Mountain Home National Cemetery, Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Allen D. Jackson, USAF (Ret) (contributor 47390608) .