Lt. Col. Julius Garesch document signed as A.A.G. and dated April 7th, 1862. Sadly, he would soon have his head blown off at Stones River while serving as chief of staff to General William Starke Rosecrans.
Brig. Gen. William Hazen, who directed the shallow, temporary interment of Garesche on a tiny knoll nearby, describes the scene in a letter found in the Annals of the Army of the Cumberland:"I saw but a headless trunk: an eddy of crimson foam had issued where the head should be. I at once recognized his figure, it lay so naturally, his right hand across his breast. As I approached, dismounted, and bent over him, the contraction of a muscle extended his hand slowly and slightly towards me. Taking hold of it, I found it warm and lifelike. Upon one of the fingers was the class ring, that (to me) beautiful talisman of our common school.
The following day the body was removed and carried to Nashville for embalming. The Surgeon General's reports carried this grisly note: "On discovering a protuberance extending some five inches from the spine I thought it well to remove it for the sake of conformity." Interment was later made in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Click on the link below for the story of the "Headless Horseman"
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"... In May 1837, Julius left Georgetown College for West Point. He graduated in 1841 and was commissioned second lieutenant of the 4th Artillery. He then served in the Mexican War under General Taylor. He was promoted to first lieutenant in 1846; to Brevet captain, Assistant Adjutant General, in 1855; to Brevet Major, in May 1861; and to lieutenant colonel in 1862.
On November 9, 1862, Julius was appointed chief of staff to General William Starke Rosecrans, commander of the 14th Army Corps, also designated the Army of the Cumberland. In this capacity he served until his death on December 31, 1862, when he was beheaded by a cannon ball at the battle of Stones River, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Initially buried on the battlefield (on the site of which a monument was eventually erected in memory of Garesch and his fallen comrades), Julius's remains were later removed by his brother Alexander and buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Washington, D.C. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul which Julius had helped found, met with the Georgetown College Philodemic Society and resolved, in January 1863 to erect a monument over his tomb at Mt. Olivet..."