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Relics of Union Soldier of the 55th George Thompson Garrison brother of William Lloyd Garrison


1st Lieutenant (55th Regiment) George Thompson Garrison was born February 13, 1836 and died January 1, 1904 son of William Lloyd Garrison and Helen Eliza Benson Garrison. He married Annie Keene Anthony on October 1, 1873. Annie was d. of John Gould Anthony and Anna W Rhodes

All seven of the Garrison children were named for Abolitionists. The first, born in 1836, was named for the English abolitionist, George Thompson, whom Garrison met on his 1833 trip to the UK. Thompson has experienced in England some of the same intense verbal vitriol, calling him “fanatic”, similarly experienced here by Garrison. They became constant co-laborers in the international abolitionist cause.

May 25, 1836

Garrison, writing to Helen, tells of a letter from George Thompson. “T. says…that our dear babe, with such a name as he has got, must really be a double dipped fanatic — George Thompson GARRISON !!”

George, not sharing his father's scruples, enlisted in the Fifty-fifth Colored Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers, attaining the rank of captain. He was a printer before he went into the war.


Read about George T Garrison's tent found in family attic

George T. Garrison's Trunk, National Museum of African American History and Culture





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