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Confederate (CSV)


John Catlett Garrett Key

(1817 - 1868)

Home State: Texas

Education: Commanding Regiment

Command Billet: none

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Texas Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

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.

On the 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 rest 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 & 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.


02/25/1817; Edgefield County, SC


01/07/1868 Gonzales County, TX; burial in 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]