Julius Peter Garesché, Union Army Officer

During the heat of the Battle of Stones River in Tennessee, Cuban born officer and Union patriot Julius Peter Garesché was killed by cannon fire on December 31, 1862. Garesché graduated from West Point Military Academy, and served with distinction during the Mexican American War. A devout Christian and Catholic, he organized a charitable society in the state of New York to assist the poor and disadvantaged.  For this work, he was awarded the decoration of a Knight of St. Sylvester by the Catholic Pope.  During the American Civil War, Garesché again served his homeland at a lieutenant colonel in the Union Army, until he was killed in action at age 41.

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