Pvt. Garrett A. Fimple

Co. A - 8th Regiment Iowa Volunteers

Garrett A. Fimple was born 1845 in Delaware County, Indiana. Garrett (misspelled Garritt on his papers) was described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, of fair complexion with light colored hair. His occupation at the time was farming. He enlisted on August 15, 1863, as a Private of Captain George W. Burns Company A, 8th Regiment of the Iowa Cavalry Volunteers. He was 18 years of age at that time. He served three years. His service ended August 13, 1865, at Macon, Georgia by reason of the end of the war.

Garrett married Emily Jane Douglas, whom he survived by many years. They had five children from this union: Warren E., Rosetta Julia, Belle Hester (Perkins), Coleman P., and Essie. He raised his children in Omaha, Nebraska, and worked as a teamster on the building of the railroads. He later moved to Chicago, where he was buried at Oak Woods Cemetery on November 16, 1906 (grave is in Section O, Lot 5-#121).

Garrett Fimple remained a patriot until his death by always wearing blue suits and never gray. He strongly stipulated that he not be buried in a gray suit, but in Union Blue.

Submitted for: Mrs. Phyrn Perkins Brossette - Granddaughter

Deceased June 22, 2002