John Catlett Garrett Key(1817 - 1868)
Home State: Texas
Command Billet: none
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 4th Texas Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
In August 1861 he helped organize and was Captain of a Company that became "A" of the 4th Texas Infantry on its organization in Richmond that September. After Colonel Hood was promoted, Key was appointed Major of the Regiment. He was wounded in action 17 June 1862 at Gaines Mill, but returned to the regiment for the Maryland Campaign.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was with the regiment and commanded it up to 15 September - for action on South Mountain - but was too ill afterward. He passed command to Lieutenant Colonel Carter.
The remainder of the War:
He was seriously wounded at Gettysburg in July 1863 and was unable to continue in service. He returned to Texas and died soon after the War.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave. Details on his service and his role on the Campaign from Davis1. In some sources his birth year is 1809, death year 1866, and first middle name is Cotlett.
|Birth Date: 02/25/1817 Place of Birth: Edgefield County, SC |
College: Commanding Regiment
Death Date: 01/07/1868 Death Place: Gonzales County, TX Burial Place: Gonzales Masonic Cemetery, Gonzales, TX
1 Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, pg. 78 [AotW citation 1612]
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