Isham Warren Garrott

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Isham Warren Garrott, a native of North Carolina, was born in either Wake or Anson County in 1816. After graduation from the state university he studied law, and in 1840 moved to Marion, Alabama. He soon became prominent in local affairs and was elected to the legislature in 1845 and re-elected in 1847. A Breckinridge Elector in 1860, he was sent by Governor Moore the following year as commissioner to North Carolina, to enlist its aid in the secession movement. He later aided in recruiting the 20th Alabama Infantry, of which he was made colonel. With this regiment he was stationed at Mobile during 1861 and 1862. In the spring of 1863 his command was transferred to Mississippi as a part of General Edward D. Tracy's brigade, and helped in resisting Grant's advance at Port Gibson, and in the battle of Baker's Creek. Soon after Pemberton's retirement to the Vicksburg defenses, and four days before the investment of the city was made complete, Garrott was killed on the skirmish line, June 17, 1863, while he was firing a borrowed rifle at the enemy. His commission as brigadier general, to rank from May 28, 1863, was received at army headquarters after his death. He was buried in Vicksburg.

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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.