GARRISON, FLEMING HODGES
GARRISON, FLEMING HODGES (1824–1887). Fleming Hodges Garrison, judge and Confederate officer, was born in Fayette County, Georgia, in 1824 to John and Emily Hopson (Johnson) Garrison. By 1840 Garrison relocated to Rusk County, Texas, where he farmed and married Sarah W. Lacy on December 28, 1851. This couple had three sons and two daughters. By 1860 Garrison was a successful farmer and owned five slaves. During the Civil War, he enlisted as a captain in Company C of the Fourteenth Texas Cavalry at Camp Liken on February 15, 1862. He was promoted to major on May 8, 1862. Garrison's service with this unit included the battles of Corinth in 1862, Vicksburg in 1863, and the Atlanta Campaign of 1864. He was slightly wounded in the arm while fighting at the battle of Shelbyville on April 20, 1863. He spent time in hospitals during the war due to pneumonia and resigned on May 17, 1864, because of a recurring lung condition. After the war, Garrison returned to Rusk County, where he farmed and practiced law. In 1875 his wife passed away, and on September 24, 1879, he married Susan Webb Menefee. This couple gave birth to one son and three daughters. In 1877 Garrison won election as justice for precinct three in Rusk County. His second wife, Susan Menefee, died in August 1887. Garrison died on November 19, 1887, and was buried next to his first wife at Harmony Hill Cemetery in Henderson, Rusk County.
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