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J. Farnsworth
J. Farnsworth

Federal (USA)


John Franklin Farnsworth

(1820 - 1897)
Home State: Illinois
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Cavalry
Unit: 8th Illinois Cavalry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
Pre-War Profession: Born in Quebec, Canada, he became a Lawyer and US Congressman. In September 1861 he recruited the 8th Illinois Cavalry and was its Colonel on the Peninsula campaign.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was Colonel in command of the 8th Illinois Cavalry and in command of the Second Brigade of BGen. Alfred Pleasonton's Cavalry Division.

The remainder of the War:
In November 1862 he was appointed BGen. of Volunteers and again commanded the 1st Brigade/Pleasanton's Cavalry at Fredericksburg. He resigned his Army commission in March 1863 as he had been elected to Congress.

After the War:
US Congressman and lawyer.

Place of Birth: Quebec, CANADA    

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