Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - Abraham Garl

Abraham Garl

Representing: Union

G.A.R Post

  • R. B. Mitchell Post 170, LaCygne Linn Co. KS
  • William Tecumseh Sherman Post #97 Sedro-Woolley, Skagit Co. WA

Unit History

  • 23rd Missouri Infantry G
Abraham Garl
Family History

Abraham Garl:  Personal/Family History

(Note:  While the family name was Garll, around 1870, Abraham chose a shorter spelling for his branch of the family, by dropping the 2nd “L”.  His Civil War records list his last name as “Garll”. )

Abraham Garl was born in Summit County Ohio, outside Akron, on April 24th  1831.  His parents were John Reuben Garll (1810 – 1844) and Sarah Buchtel (1811 – 1882).  Abraham was the eldest of eight children, four of whom died in infancy.  On May 16th 1852, Abraham married Annie Elizabeth Campbell (1834 – 1904), from New Portage, Summit County.   They were to have nine children, two of whom died in infancy. 

In 1855 Abraham, Annie and their young family moved west by covered wagon, settling on land in Mercer County in northern Missouri.  This was the first of many pioneering moves Abraham was to make during his lifetime, involving the settling of a farm, then selling and moving on to start again with raw land elsewhere, always striving to better the financial situation for himself and his family.

Abraham’s mother, his brother John, his sister Sarah Garll Koch and brother in law David Koch also eventually moved to Missouri, settling in the same area.  Within a few years, Abraham sold his Mercer County land to his mother and moved to nearby Harrison County.

In the fall of 1861 there was a call for volunteers from the counties of northern Missouri to join the newly formed 23rd Missouri Infantry.  At that time, Abraham was 30 years old, with five young children and busy farming.  Annie didn’t want him to enlist, however being caught up in the moment, and Abraham decided to join, enlisting for a 3 year term with Company G on November 10th 1861.   His brother John and David Koch also enlisted, joining Company D.

In April 1862, the 23rd Missouri Infantry joined Grant’s army at Pittsburg Landing Tennessee, arriving just prior to the battle of Shiloh.  On April 6th, early in the battle, the regiment was ordered forward to help delay the Confederate advance, so as to gain time for the rest of the army to respond to the surprise attack.   The regiment suffered many casualties at Shiloh:  Abraham suffered a gunshot wound to the left upper thigh while John and David Koch were captured.  Both were eventually released as part of a prisoner exchange.  After recovering, Abraham returned to duty in July 1862.

Following the heavy losses at Shiloh, the regiment was sent back to Missouri to regroup, remaining in the state on garrison duty, giving Abraham the opportunity to visit his family on occasional furloughs.  In late 1863 the 23rd Missouri Infantry was ordered back to Tennessee and eventually assigned to Sherman’s army for the Atlanta campaign.  Sometime in July 1864 Abraham took sick, (possibly a fever, pneumonia, or scurvy) was hospitalized and then sent home on furlough to recover until October.  

With his 3 year term of service almost up; Abraham needed to rejoin his regiment in order to muster out.  By the fall of 1864, the 23rd Missouri Infantry was with Sherman’s army moving though Georgia on the “march to the sea”, and expected to arrive in Savannah shortly.  Therefore Abraham was sent by train to New York and then by ship down the coast to Savannah, where he rejoined the regiment and was mustered out with the rank of sergeant on January 24th 1865.

Following the war, Abraham returned to farming and pioneering, starting several farms in Missouri before selling out and moving to Kansas in early 1870.   Abraham farmed in Kansas until 1883, and then moved south, purchasing a large tract of land near Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Finding the climate in Arkansas too hot and humid, Abraham sold out and moved the family back to Missouri in 1886. 

In January 1887, hearing of the many opportunities and land available in Washington Territory, Abraham decided to go west to the Puget Sound, traveling with his family via the Union Pacific railroad.  Within a year, Abraham had purchased land on the site of a former logging camp that would soon become the town of Burlington.

Abraham was one of the founders of Burlington and took an active role in the civic affairs of the young town.  He helped organize the town’s school district and served as school board chairman while his daughter, Clara Garl Morrison, was the school’s first teacher.  On Abraham’s recommendation, his brother John and David Koch with their families also came out west, settling in the Burlington area. 

Following Annie’s death in 1904, Abraham’s pioneering spirit revived and he decided it was time to move on, seeking land elsewhere in the west.  In 1907 he purchased land in Idaho near a daughter and son-in-law and subsequently sold all of his Burlington property.   A few years later, he sold out and moved to California, buying a ranch near Stockton and then property in Santa Rosa, where he passed away at the age of 81 on 2/9/1913.  He was buried at the Green Hills Memorial cemetery back in Burlington, next to Annie. 

The Civil War greatly impacted Abraham’s life and he was proud of his service.   In his later years he was active in the Grand Army of the Republic (member of the W.T. Sherman post No 97 while residing in Burlington) and attended various veterans’ conventions and encampments. On his headstone are these words:  “A brave soldier, an honest man.”      


(Note:  the information for this profile of Abraham Garl was compiled from his own letters, service records, and the writings of his daughter, Clara Garl Morrison.)



John Ruben Garl


4 Oct 1810

Centre County, Pennsylvania, USA


28 Apr 1844 (aged 33)

Summit County, Ohio, USA


Milheim Cemetery

Millheim, Summit County, Ohio

Married Sarah Buchtle 1830/OH

Abraham Garl 4/24/1831 Clark Co. OH (our Vet)

John Garl 12/27/1839/OH

Sarah Jane 1842/OH d. 1920 Skagit Co. WA (married David Koch our Vet)


Sarah C (Lizzie) Buchtel


BIRTH 2 FEB 1811 • East Liberty, Summit, Ohio, United States

DEATH 17 MAR 1882 • Lindley, Mercer, Missouri, United States

Abraham B 1831

Lydia Alice 1832

Catherine B 1835

Peter B 1836

Reuben B 1838

John 1839 married Charlotte M Gregg

Wm B 1841

Sarah Jane 1842 married David Koch

Peter 1844


1850 Coventry Summit Co. OH

George Robbins 27/1823/MA farmer

Jane S 25/1825/MA

Mary E 0

Abram Garl 19/1831/OH laborer

Robert Herron 21

Melinda Martin 9

Christiana Pontius 18


Abraham Garll
Residence was not listed;

Enlisted on 9/1/1861 as a Sergeant.

On 9/1/1861 he mustered into "G" Co. MO 23rd Infantry

(date and method of discharge not given)

 (Estimated date of enlistment)

Name:Abraham GarllEnlistment Date:1 Sep 1861Enlistment Rank:SergeantMuster Date:1 Sep 1861Muster Place:MissouriMuster Company:GMuster Regiment:23rd InfantryMuster Regiment Type:InfantryMuster Information:EnlistedSide of War:UnionTitle:Index to Compiled Military Service Records

I have three more Green Hills vets to submit – these may be the last.  First off here’s information for my great/great grandfather Abraham Garl.  I’ve included some service records, plus a photo taken early in his service (late 1861/early 1862).  I also have a family history and regimental history. I would like to be his sponsor. From what I can tell his soldier information is as follows:

Residence:  Harrison County, Missouri
Age:  30
Enlisted:  11/10/61
Mustered In:  11/10/61
Mustered Out:  1/24/65
Highest Rank:  Sgt
Rank at Discharge:  Sgt

See bio Douglas did on his decendent for site!


Sarah Buchtle



Marriage Date:

15 Apr 1830

Marriage Place:

Stark, Ohio, USA


John Gerl

Film Number:



Anne E. Campbell



Marriage Date:

16 May 1852

Marriage Place:

Summit, Ohio, USA


Abraham Garll

Film Number:




1860 Clay Harrison Co. MO

Abram Garll 29/1831/OH farmer

Ann E 27/1833/PA

Wm M 6/1854/OH

Sarah E 5/1855/OH

Lidia 3/1857/MO

Mary M 1/1859/MO

1875 Mound city Linn co. KS
A Garl 44/1831/OH farmer
Anna E 41
Wm 22/1853/OH
Emma 20/20/1855/OH
Lydia A 18
Mary A 16
John C 13
Clara V 4
Anna F 1

Nothing for 1870 census

1880 Scott Twp. Linn Co. KS
Abraham Garl 49/1931/OH farmer
Annie E 46/1834/PA parents PA/PA
Lydia A 23/1957/MO
Mary A 21/1859/MO
John C 18/1868/MO
Clara B 9/1871/MO
Annie F 6/1874/KS


Abrahan Garl

Birth Year:

abt 1831

Birth Place:


Age at Membership:


Membership Year:


Post Name:

LaCygne Linn co. Post No. 170 R B Mitchell

1887 Skagit Co. WA
Abram Garl 56/OH farmer
Annie 53/PA
Clara 16/KS
Anna 13/KS


Abraham Garll


G 23 Mo. Infantry

Filing Date:

8 Aug 1890 pension card

Place Filed:

Washington, USA

Relation to Head:


Roll number:


1900 Burlington Skagit Co. WA
Abraham Garl 69/Apr 1831/OH parents OH/OH farmer
Annie E 69/Mar 1831/PA 9ch 7liv married 1852
Clara M Morrison (daug) 29/Feb 1871/KS
Ruth Morrison 1 Granddaughter
Estella Garl 17 Grandaughter


Annie Elizabeth Campbell Garl


11 Mar 1834

Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA


11 Jan 1904 (aged 69)


Green Hills Memorial Cemetery

Burlington, Skagit County, Washington

Emma Sarah 5/22/1855/OH d. 10/28/1948 King Co. WA
Lydia Alice 4/6/1857 Mercer Co. MO d. 3/10/1953 Wasco Co. OR
Mary Amanda “Mellie 3/23/1859 Harrison Co. MO d. 10/17/1949 Fresno Co. CA
John Campbell 8/24/1861/MO d/ 8/20/1916 Pierce Co. WA
Clara Viola 2/24/1871/MO d. 11/17/1953 King co. WA
Anna Florence 3/20/1874/Linn Co. KS d. 3/14/1946/Alameda Co. CA


Abraham Garl

Birth Year:

abt 1832

Death Date:

7 Feb 1913

Age at Death:


Death Place:

Sonoma, California, USA


Abraham Garl

24 Apr 1831

Springfield, Clark County, Ohio, USA


7 Feb 1913 (aged 81)

Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, USA


Green Hills Memorial Cemetery


Burlington, Skagit County, Washington,


Buried at Green Hills Memorial Cemetery

Adopt-a-Vet Sponsor

Douglas W Johnson
Seattle, Washington

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