Catawba County, NC Soldier Buried at
Gate at Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
GEORGE FRANK JARRETT - 15 Jun 1842 - 22 Nov 1925 (Block 12C, Lot 197)
George Frank Jarrett was the oldest of the nine children of Milton and Frances "Fanny" Jarrett
JARRETT, George Frank, Private, Company F, 23rd Regiment, North Carolina Troops- Resided in Catawba County where he enlisted on March 1, 1862. Present or accounted for until wounded at Chancellorsville, Virginia, May 2-3, 1863. Returned to duty prior to July 1-4, 1863, when he was wounded in the back and captured at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Hospitalized at Gettysburg until transferred to Davids Island, New York Harbor, July 17-24, 1863. Paroled at Davids Island and transferred to City Point, Virginia, where he was received September 27, 1863, for exchange. Returned to duty in January-April, 1864. Captured at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, May 12, 1864. Confined at Point Lookout, Maryland, until transferred to Elmira, New York, August 10, 1864. Released at Elmira on June 19, 1865, after taking the Oath of Allegiance. [NCT, Vol. 7:200]
A memorial ceremony was held on Memorial Day, May 28th, 2007 at Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa. The descendants of George F. Jarrett gathered to recognize the bravery of a Confederate soldier who served the country he called his own. Twice wounded, twice captured and thrice imprisoned, George Jarrett spent over a year and a half in three of the Union's most notorious prisons. In spite of his horrendous ordeal, Mr. Jarrett survived the rigors of war and went on to serve a productive life for the next sixty years, passing away at the age of 83.
A poem recited at the ceremony read as follows:
Weeds Grow New
Weeds grew new
Through a cracked marble form
Where a monument stood
To commemorate the place
Of the young men who stood
Dressed proudly in gray,
To die for a cause
Not remembered today.
Onward they charged, only to fall
Beneath the Stars & Bars banner
Which no one recalls.
The names are now gone
That once stirred the hearts
Like Lee, Jackson, Forrest,
Though only a part.
A Nation, a cause, from a long time ago
Gone now forever,
Our children must know
Special thanks go to Karen Tegtmeyer who provided the photographs and details.
She details the efforts she made to bring recognition to George F. Jarrett:
"In order to find this grave, I had to go to the cemetery office and pull the records from 1902 (when Mr. Jarrett purchased the plot). The cemetery records show that his wife was buried on Jan 21, 1902. She died of consumption. She is buried next to him, however there is no gravestone for her. Mr. Jarrett died on Nov. 22nd, 1925 of heart disease. He is the only confederate veteran in Woodland Cemetery, and one of only 8 in the state of Iowa."
Derick S. Hartshorn - © 2007