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Gen John Johnson Elwell
Birth: Jun. 22, 1820
Death: Mar. 16, 1900

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. A Physician and attorney, he was born in Warren, Ohio. Following 9 years in Orwell, Ohio, he served in the Ohio legislature (1853 to 1855), was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1855, and practiced law in Cleveland, publishing the Western Law Monthly, teaching at Ohio & Union Law College and Cleveland Medical College, and authoring a text on medical jurisprudence. After the outbreak of the Civil War, Elwell was appointed as a Quartermaster in the US Volunteer service with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was responsible for equipping the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry of Cleveland, the 3d Ohio Volunteer Cavalry of Huron County, and the Sherman Brigade. Elwell was volunteer aide-de-camp to Gen. Henry W. Benham at the Battle of Secessionville, South Carolina, on June 16, 1862; and at the assault of Ft. Wagner on July 18, 1862, where he rallied troops in battle. Elwell then served as Chief Quartermaster of the Department of the South until February 1, 1864. Because of yellow fever, Elwell was removed to Elmira, New York, where he purchased horses for the cavalry and supplied Elmira Prison and the rendezvous at Elmira for drafted men. Elwell was breveted 4 times for gallantry in battle and received the Gillmore Medal for meritorious conduct. He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865 for "faithful and meritorious services in the Quartermaster's Department during the war". After the war, he returned to Cleveland, resuming his careers and becoming editor of John Bouvier's Law Directory. (bio by: Joyce) 
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  Nancy A Chittenden Elwell (1820 - 1890)*
  Emma L Elwell (1847 - 1861)*
  Ellen King Elwell (1849 - 1854)*
  Mary Ann Elwell (1852 - 1854)*
  George Howard Elwell (1857 - 1865)*
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Woodland Cemetery
Cuyahoga County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Section 7, Lot 2
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Joyce
Record added: Oct 19, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5858589
Gen John Johnson Elwell
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- Darlene T.
 Added: Jun. 6, 2014
Companion #02994 - Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the U.S.
- Jeffry Burden
 Added: May. 31, 2014
don't forget while married he hade love life with Clara Barton
- nels
 Added: Nov. 27, 2013
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