James B Farnsworth


BirthSept. 25, 1839
DeathJan. 15, 1899
CemeteryRiverview (McCook)
PostGranger (Decatur)
Unit4th Wisconsin Infantry, Company I

Major James B Farnsworth

Company I, 4th Wisconsin Cavalry

Farnsworth was born in Maine on September 25, 1839. He was residing in Tomah (Monroe County), Wisconsin when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on April 20, 1861. Farnsworth served over 5 years and was mustered out of the regiment on May 28, 1866. Farnsworth enlisted as a sergeant and was promoted 5 times before his discharge. He was promoted to 1st sergeant, 2nd lieutenant (August 11, 1862), 1st lieutenant (June 24, 1863), and captain (Setpember 24, 1864). Farnsworth was promoted to major after his discharge.

During Farnsworth’s enlistment the unit was assigned to duties in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The regiment was part of the capture of Mobile, Alabama on April 12, 1865. During the summer of 1865 the 4th Wisconsin was sent to Texas where it performed guard and patrol duty along the Rio Grande River. The entire unit was mustered out at Brownville in May 1866 and received its’ final discharge in Madison, Wisconsin on June 19, 1866.

Farnsworth died on January 15, 1899. He is buried in the Riverview Cemetery in McCook (Red Willow County), Nebraska. Farnsworth was a member of the Granger Post (#119) of the Grand Army ot the Republic in Decatur, Nebraska.

Additional information relating to Major Farnsworth:

The “Find-a-Grave” website indicates that Farnsworth was originally buried in the Pleasant Prairie Cemetery in Red Willow County. He was removed to the Riverview Cemetery in 1901.

Civil War Veteran Private Adna Warner of the 4th Wisconsin Cavalry served with Major Farnsworth. Warner died on June 4, 1923 and is buried in the Grand View Cemetery in Spauling (Greeley County), Nebraska.

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


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