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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 Antietam

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.

On the 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 rest 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.


1820; Quebec, CANADA