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Garber, Hezekiah H.

Born: 1829-01-27 Illinois

Died: 1859-10-12 Oregon Territory

Hezekiah H. Garber was an American army officer. Son of Jacob Garber of Menard County, Illinois, Hezekiah entered the U.S. Military Academy in July 1848. In July 1852, he graduated last in a class of forty-three, and the War Department commissioned him as brevet second lieutenant in the Fifth Infantry. From July 1852 to July 1854, Garber served garrison, scouting, and frontier duty in Kentucky and Texas. In July 1854, he received promotion to second lieutenant, and the War Department transferred him to the Fourth Infantry. From 1855 to 1859, he was on frontier duty in California, the Oregon Territory, and the Washington Territory. He died at Fort Hoskins, Oregon Territory, aged thirty.

Gravestone, Kings Valley Cemetery, Kings Valley, OR; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Cornwall, Orange County, NY, 173; William Ward, List of Cadets Admitted into the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., From its Origin Till September 1, 1886 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1887), 28; George W. Cullum, Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy, 3rd ed. (Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1891), 2:515; Abraham Lincoln to William L. Marcy.