VMI's Civil War Generals
Samuel Garland, Class of 1849

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  • Biographical Information Samuel Garland photo
    • Early Life
      Samuel Garland, born December 16, 1830 at Lynchburg, Virginia. Parents: Maurice Garland, an attorney, and Caroline M. Garland. Maternal grandparents: Spottswood Garland and Lucinda Rose. Before enrolling at VMI Samuel attended Randolph Macon College.
    • VMI record
      Matriculated on October 22, 1846 at age 16; was graduated on July 4, 1849, standing 3rd in a class of 24.
    • Marriage
      Elizabeth Campbell Meem in 1856; she died on June 12, 1861; their only child, Samuel, died in August 1861.
    • Pre-Civil War
      Studied law at University of Virginia; practiced in Lynchburg, VA. Following John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry in 1859, Garland organized the Lynchburg Home Guard.
    • Civil War
      Colonel, 11th Virginia Infantry Regiment; led his regiment 1st Manassas; wounded at Williamsburg but did not leave field; promoted to Brigadier General in May 1862 and commanded his brigade at Seven Pines, Gaines's Mill, and Malvern Hill; mortally wounded on Sept 14, 1862, at South Mountain; buried Lynchburg, VA.

The image on this page is from the Stegman collection (VMI Archives manuscript 0275)