Moses Farnsworth


BirthDec. 23, 1838
DeathJune 11, 1933
CemeteryLitchfield (Litchfield)
PostPerryville (Litchfield)
Unit15th Illinois Infantry, Company I

Private Moses Farnsworth

Company I, 15th Illinois Infantry

United State Navy

Farnsworth was born in Westford (Chittenden County), Vermont on December 23, 1838. He was residing in Fremont (Lake County), Illinois when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on May 24, 1861. Farnsworth served about 20 months before he transferred to the United State Navy on February 5, 1863. One Civil War source indicates that Farnsworth served on a gunboat. Naval records for Civil War Veterans are very sketchy and in some cases, non-existent.

The 15th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Freeport, Illinois on May 24, 1861. During Farnsworth’s enlistment, the regiment fought at the Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862). The regimental losses for the 2-day battle were 42 killed, 10 wounded, and 1 captured.

Farnsworth died on June 11, 1933 at the age of 94 years. He is buried in the Litchfield Cemetery in Litchfield (Sherman County), Nebraska. He was one of the last members of the Perryville Post (#231) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Litchfield.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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