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Elon John Farnsworth
Birth: Jul. 30, 1837
Green Oak
Livingston County
Michigan, USA
Death: Jul. 3, 1863
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: EFB III) 
Rockton Township Cemetery
Winnebago County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Oct 13, 2001
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Murdered by Judson Kilpatrick. Rest easy, General Farnsworth and thank you for your service.
- Tugboat25
 Added: Mar. 22, 2017
Sir, Brave Soldier, we remember You, this Day, on your Birthday. Your Courage, Duty, Bravery, Devotion to Duty, and Sacrifice was Heroic and Noble. May you rest in Peace in the Arms of GOD. Happy Birthday.
- Suzanne
 Added: Jul. 30, 2016
Rest in peace, General. You were right, and Kilpatrick was wrong. Your charge in that battle was not worth the price that was paid. However, thank you for your service and sacrifice. God bless you for your gallant stand in defense of our Union against tho...(Read more)
- Sharon
 Added: Jul. 4, 2016
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