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FARMER, George Edgar, soldier, born in New York City in 1840; died there, 16 February 1870. He engaged early in life in mercantile pursuits, but at the beginning of the civil war in 1861 was commissioned 2d lieutenant of the 6th New York cavalry. He was subsequently appointed quartermaster, but before leaving for the seat of war was promoted to captain, and led his company in all the battles in which the regiment participated. At Trevillian Station, during General Sheridan's first raid, Captain Farmer was shot, but, continuing in the field, was still more seriously wounded at Deep Bottom. He rejoined his regiment in the autumn of 1864, and was with Sheridan throughout his campaign in the valley of the Shenandoah. After the battle of Cedar Creek he was made major, and was for some time in command of the regiment. Continuing with Sheridan's cavalry corps until the surrender of Lee, he was then promoted to lieutenant colonel by brevet. He was honorably discharged at the close of the war, returned to business, and became a prominent and earnest member of the Grand army of the republic, at his death being" in command of the oldest post in the state.
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