Elon John Farnsworth (1837-1863)

Elon John Farnsworth entered the University of Michigan in 1855, but was dismissed in 1858 after he was identified as a leader in a "drinking frolic" that left one student dead. He then joined the Utah expedition, but in 1861, when the Civil War broke out, he hurried home to enlist in the 8th Illinois Cavalry, which his uncle, John Franklin Farnsworth, was raising. He gained notoriety in 1862 when he had an Episcopalian clergyman hauled from the pulpit of St. Paul's Church in Alexandria, Virginia, when the minister refused to read the prayer for the president of the United States. He was promoted to Brigadier General of Volunteers in 1863, but was killed in action at Gettysburg when he led a cavalry charge despite his protest of the unfavorable ground it was attempted on to his superior officer, General Judson Kilpatrick.

Date:
1860 circa 5 years
Original Format:
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Item#:
MES05835
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