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Elon John Farnsworth
Birth: Jul. 30, 1837
Green Oak
Livingston County
Michigan, USA
Death: Jul. 3, 1863
Gettysburg
Adams County
Pennsylvania, USA

Civil War Union Brigadier General. Entered the service as 1st Lt in the 8th Illinios Cavalry and then served as captain. For a time he was on the staff of Gen. Alfred Pleasanton, the cavalry commander. He must have done something outstanding because on June 29, 1863, he was suddenly promoted from Captain to Brigadier General on the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg, along with Wesley Merrit and George Custer. At Gettysburg his Cavalry Bridge was stationed on the Union left near Big Round Top. During the late afternoon hours of July 3, 1863 Gen. Kilpatrick ordered him to make a charge against the Confederate lines through a heavily woods and boulder-strewn area. Farnsworth realized it was useless and told Kilpatrick so. Kilpatrick then claimed Farnsworth was a coward. Farnsworth led the ill-fated charge and gave his life to accomplish nothing. (bio by: Ethan F. Bishop) 
 
Burial:
Rockton Township Cemetery
Rockton
Winnebago County
Illinois, USA
 
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Record added: Oct 13, 2001
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Elon John Farnsworth
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You were such a Brave Union Officer.You gave Your Life to Help Save The Union. Although You Died on the Field of Battle, You are not forgotten. YouWill Forever Be a Bright and ShiningStar.
- Suzanne
 Added: Aug. 8, 2014
Rest in Peace, beloved soldier. See you and the soldiers we lost during this senseless battle in Heaven.
- Mary
 Added: Aug. 1, 2014

- Darlene T.
 Added: Jul. 30, 2014
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