Has any good research been done to determine why in God's name the body of a Brigadier General dead on a battlefield was never identified? Which of course begs the question, following battle etiquette, was it acdepted and followed military decorum that a General's body would, under normal circumstances, be identified as such and given particular care once the threat of battle has ceased?
The prevelant theory is that Union soldiers stripped his body of his sword and all insignia. His sword was found by General Steuart in a Baltimore pawn shop after the war. He bought it and returned it to the Garnett family. Ettiquette would have involved returning his body under a flag of truce, had the Federals known they had his body or it was within their lines. There also were no known survivors that saw him die the only clue he was dead was his horse "Red Eye" running back to Seminary Ridge with a bloody saddle.
Last edited on Tue Jul 3rd, 2007 02:24 pm by David White