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Andrews, Garnett (1837-1903)



  • Existence: 1837 - 1903


Colonel Garnett Andrews, Jr. was born in Washington, Georgia, on 1837 May 13. He was the son of Garnett Andrews and Annulet Ball Andrews. The Andrews were a prominent slaveholding family in Georgia society. Andrews graduated from the University of Georgia and joined his father's law firm. He was admitted to the Georgia bar in 1859.

Although his father was strongly against Goergia's secession, the younger Garnett Andrews was strongly in favor of the decision and joined the Confederacy. In 1861 he enlisted in the First Georgia Regiment with the rank of second lieutenant. During the war he served in Robert E. Lee's Army of North Virginia, in Cutt's Battalion of Artillery. According to his sister's Diary of a War-Time Georgia Girl, he was was wounded at Salisbury, North Carolina, and briefly taken prisoner before being paroled.

After the war, he married Rosalie Champe Beirne. They had seven children- Garnett, George Bierne, Champe Seabury, Rosalie Champe, Arnold Elzey, Andrew Bierne, and Oliver Burnside. The family lived for a time in Yazoo, Mississippi, along with Andrews's sister Eliza. There Andrews practiced law and joined the State Legislature.

In 1881 Andrews and his family moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee. He started a profitable hosiery business on Market Street, which his son later took over. He also served as mayor of Chattanooga from 1891 to 1893, one of three mayors in the year 1891.

Garnett Andrews died on 1903 May 6, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is buried at his family's plot in Resthaven Cemetery in Washington, Georgia

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Andrews, Eliza Frances. The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina, 1997.
Armstrong, Zella. "The History of Hamilton County and Chattanooga, Tennessee." 1, 390. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press, 1992.
Armstrong, Zella. The History of Hamilton County and Chattanooga, Tennessee, Volume 2. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press, 1993.
Krick, Robert E. L. "Staff Officers in Gray." Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina, 2014.

Rushing, Kittrell S., "Eliza Frances Andrews (1840-1931)", New Georgia Encyclopedia (accessed Mar 17 2015).

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Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Andrews family papers

Identifier: MS-004
Scope and Contents This collection contains correspondence, genealogical research, photographs and drawings, newspaper clippings, drafts and other documents pertaining to published and unpublished materials created by several generations of Andrews family members, or about the Andrews family and extended family, all of whom lived primarily in Washington, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee. The majority of the materials were created between 1830 and 1930. Notable persons within the collection are Judge Garnett...
Dates: 1685-1992
Found in: Manuscripts