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Civil War Soldiers - Farnsworth

Farnsworth, Elon J., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Green Oak, Livingston county, Mich., in 1837. He was educated in the public schools and spent a year at the University of Michigan, but left college in 1858 and served in the quartermaster's department of the army during the Utah expedition of that year. He subsequently engaged in buffalo-hunting and in carrying freight to the then newly discovered mines at Pike's peak, and in 1861 became assistant quartermaster of the 8th Ill. cavalry, which his uncle was then organizing. He was soon promoted captain and took part in all the battles of the Peninsula, and in those of Pope's campaign. He was appointed aide-de-camp to Gen. Pleasonton in May, 1863, and was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers on the 29th of the following month. He was killed, July 3, 1863, while leading a charge at Gettysburg.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

Farnsworth, John F., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Eaton, Canada, March 27, 1820. He removed with his parents to Michigan in 1834, received a classical education, studied and practised law, and afterwards went to Chicago, Ill. He was elected as a Republican a representative in the 35th and 36th Congresses, serving from 1857 to 1861. He then recruited and became colonel of the 8th Ill. cavalry regiment, was afterwards ordered by the war department to recruit the 17th Ill. regiment, and on Nov. 29, 1862, was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers. He was on active duty at the front until March, 1863, when, on account of injuries received in battle, he was compelled to resign. He made his home in St. Charles, Ill., was a representative from his district in Congress from 1863 to 1873, and then engaged in the practice of law in Washington. Gen. Farnsworth died in Washington, D. C., July 14, 1897.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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