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Confederate (CSV)


Volney L. Farnham

(c. 1843 - c. 1863)

Home State: Louisiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 6th Louisiana Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was an 18 year old farm worker in Tensas, Catahoula Parish. He enlisted in Company D, 6th Louisiana Infantry on 4 June 1861 at Camp Moore, LA. He may have been wounded at 2nd Manassas, VA in August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He was furloughed after Sharpsburg, but died, possibly by accident, thereafter. He was listed among paroled prisoners (date not given), and shown as "supposed dead" on the rolls of late 1863.

References & notes

His service information from Booth.1 Personal details from the US Census of 1860.

He was probably the man buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Shepherdstown (modern stone, via Findagrave). The identification on that stone of N.L. Farnham in Company D of the 5th Florida Infantry is from a list in the Confederate Veteran 2. There are no Farnhams or similar found in the rolls of the 5th or any other Florida unit.


c. 1843 in LA


c. 1863


1   Booth, Andrew B., Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers and Louisiana Confederate Commands, 3 Volumes, New Orleans: State of Louisiana, 1920, Vol. 2, pg. 916-917  [AotW citation 13961]

2   United Confederate Veterans, and United Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans, Confederate Veteran Magazine (1893-1932), 1893-01-00, Vol. XIX, pp. 75 - 76  [AotW citation 5078]