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Federal (USV)


Franklin Richard Garlock

(1840 - 1912)

Home State: New York

Education: Medical Department, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 1870

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 108th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 19 year old farmer on his father's place in Greece, Monroe County, NY. At age 21 he enlisted in Rochester in Company A, 108th New York Infantry, and he mustered as a Corporal on 29 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862. He later described his experience:

... a shell or bullet struck me in the right cheek, just below the right eye, destroying that organ, and disfiguring the face badly. It passed through the right side of the head, coming out through the right ear. This right eye was made immediately blind and a few years afterward sloughed out as a result of this wound. Another ball struck my index finger of the right hand, which necessitated the amputation of the same. When I was struck I was stunned and remained unconscious on the field till my comrades roused me by stepping upon me, and falling on me, when they, too, were wounded or killed. This had the effect to rouse me up, when three of the boys carried me to a straw stack, near by, where the surgeons were at work ...

The rest of the War

He was treated at a field hospital on the battlefield until 26 September, when he was transferred by wagon and train to the Carver Hospital in Washington, DC. He was discharged there on a Surgeon's Certificate on 14 October 1862.

After the War

He returned home to North Greece, NY and was a student at the Falley Seminary in Fulton, NY. He then taught school and was a School Commissioner in Monroe County. In 1865 he began to study medicine and graduated from the Medical Department, University of Pennsylvania on 11 March 1870.

He practiced medicine in Lyndonville, NY to the end of 1874, then moved his practice to Racine, WI. He was surgeon of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad after 1888 and practiced to at least 1910.

References & notes

His service from the State of New York.1 Personal details and the quote above from Washburn;2 thanks to Andy Cardinal for the pointer to that. Further details from the US Census of 1860, 1900, and 1910, and from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married the widow Margaret J. Lewis Westcott (1835-1896) in Racine in May 1876 and they had a son, Lewis Franklin Garlock (1878-1950). He married again, Ella Halbert Richardson (1848-1931) in October 1897.

More on the Web

The Wisconsin Veteran's Museum in Madison has a 1905 photograph of him.


10/07/1840; Greece, NY


08/13/1912; Racine, WI; burial in Mound Cemetery, Racine, WI


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, Issue 34 (for the year 1903), pg. 220  [AotW citation 9080]

2   Washburn, George H., A Complete Military History and Record of the 108th Regiment N.Y. Vols., Rochester (NY): Press of E.R. Andrews, 1894, pp. 261-263  [AotW citation 27034]