Civil War & Stephens Co., OK (11)

Spilly C. Garrett

Roughly one mile northeast of the north end of the Lake Humphreys Dam in Stephens County, OK, not terribly far off Medcalf Rd., is a small stand of trees. In that stand of trees is a small, fenced-in cemetery, known by the locals by two names, York Cemetery and Cooper Cemetery. And in that cemetery, amidn a small jumble of stones, lies the grave of the only Civil War solider I know of buried in that cemetery, Spilly C. Garrett. His gravestone is a later addition, a VA marker that indicates only his name and service; it has no dates or any other information.

Spilly served as a Private in Co. I of the CSA, 37th Texas Cavalry Regiment (aka: “Terrell’s Texas Cavalry“). Spilly enlisted in Terrell’s Texas Cavalry on August 21, 1863, but that’s all I know of his service. The National Park Service’s Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System site provides the following summary of Terrell’s Regiment:

“Terrell’s Cavalry Regiment (also called 34th and 37th Regiments) was organized in June, 1863, using Terrell’s Texas Cavalry Battalion as its nucleus. The unit was assigned to H. Bee’s and Bagby’s Brigade, Trans-Mississippi Department, and fought in various locations in Louisiana. In January, 1864, it contained 25 officers and 402 men. It saw action at Mansfield, participated in the operations against the Federal Red River Campaign, and was active at Lecompte and Yellow Bayou [aka: Norwood’s Plantation]. During May, 1865, the regiment disbanded at Hempstead, Texas. The field officers were Colonel Alexander W. Terrell, Lieutenant Colonel John C. Robertson, and Majors Hiram S. Morgan and George W. Owens.”

I would like to know more about this man. Can you tell me more?