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 of the same regiment, Francis S. Bartow, was slain. His commission as brigadier-general had already been made out, but had not reached him. From the day of this battle, July 21, 1861, is dated Gardner's commission as colonel. His wound was thought to be mortal, and some of the histories written years afterward speak of him as killed on that memorable day. He did linger long between life and death, and was never afterward able to take the active part that would have been his preference. On November 14, 1861, he was commissioned brigadier-general and put in command of the district of middle Florida, holding that position until November 11, 1863. He participated in the battle of Olustee, a fair, square, stand — up fight, in which the forces were nearly even, there being a little preponderance on the Federal side. The Confederate victory was decisive, the loss of the Union army being double that of its adversary. This battle saved Florida temporarily from invasion and ranks as one of the most complete Confederate victories during the war. On July 26, 1864, General Gardner was assigned to the command of military prisons in States east of the Mississippi, excluding Georgia and Alabama. On November 28th, he was in command at Salisbury, N. C., and from January, 1865 to April 2d, he commanded the post at Richmond. After the return of peace he lived for a time near Augusta, Ga., and afterward moved to Rome, in the same State. Subsequently he moved to Memphis, Tenn., where he now resides with his son.
Brigadier-General Lucius J. Gartrell was born in Wilkes county, Ga., January 7, 1821. The family was of Scotch descent, and originally settled in Maryland. Joseph Gartrell, grandfather of the general, came from Maryland to Wilkes county, and his son, Joseph Gartrell, prominent as a planter and merchant, married a daughter of Dr. Josiah Boswell, a physician and planter, who also coming from Maryland, had settled in Columbia
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