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Samuel Garnhart

“On the 7th day of September, 1861, when not yet eighteen years old, he enlisted for three years in Co. I, 15th Reg’t Ohio V. I. While performing guard duty in December following he caught a heavy cold that settled on his lungs, making it necessary to take him to a hospital in Louisville, KY. His father being advised of his condition, went as soon as he could to see him, and took him back home. But a disease had fastened upon the brave boy that refused to yield to medical skill, and on the 20th day of January, 1862, he joined the great army in the ‘silent halls of death.’ He stood bravely in the forefront, ready to serve his country to enforce the laws and preserve the Union, and in this brief paragraph, we can but tell the simple fact of his heroism, devotion and self-sacrifice. So—

‘sleep the brave who sink to rest,
With all their country's honour blest.’ ”

(from Heinrich Gernhardt and His Descendants, pg. 124)

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