From the Julius P. Garesche Collection at Georgetown University Library in Washington, D.C.

Major General William Starke Rosecrans,
Colonel Julius P. Garesch (in big hat) and
Capt. C. Goddard, A. A. G.
a CDV owned by Georgetown University Library

Julius P. Garesch, the son of Vital Marie and Mimika Louisa (Baudry)  Garesch du Rocher, was born April 26, 1821, in Cuba where his father was stationed for the government.  He entered Georgetown College at the age of twelve but did not graduate because his father was in financial difficulties.   Instead he won an appointment to West Point where he graduated in 1841.

Commissioned second lieutenant of the 4th Artillery, Julius served in the Mexican War under General Taylor. He was promoted to first lieutenant in 1846.  On February 17, 1849, Julius married Mariquitta de Laureal.  They had eight children but only four survived infancy.

Meanwhile Julius' military career continued and he was promoted 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. His wife died in 1871 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery was and later  her body was buried next to her husband in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

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