is Melville Farrar and I was born on January 3rd, 1841 in Machias,
New York, the son of Royal
and Sarah (Bradley) Farrar
. I was one of the first to volunteer
during the war. I enrolled in May 1861 at Machias in Company I,
2nd Excelsior, 72nd N.Y.V.I., Excelsior Brig., Hooker's Division,
and 3rd A.C. as a private promoted to corporal. My command participated
in the Peninsular Campaign, Seven Days Retreat from Richmond to
Harrison's Landing and Gettysburg, where on July 23rd, 1863, I was
It was 6:00 P.M. Our troops were lying in the wheat field near the
rebel lines. I was struck in both thighs by gunshots. The ball entered
the right thigh and shattered the bone to the knee. The other entered
the left thigh about three inches from the hip joint.
I lay in the field until 7:00 P.M. of July 4th and a rebel colonel
came and knelt by my side and asked me, "Do you wish to be
taken to our rear? Our doctors cannot tend you as we have hundreds
of wounded, but if you think it will be safer, we will carry you
back to our lines." I reflected and then said, "No, I
guess not. I'll stay here." I knew that our artillery would
open on the rebel position and I was safer where I was. The colonel
took a doughnut from his pouch and gave it to me, saying, "This
is all I have. It isn't very inviting." But I was thankful
I was examined in the field hospital and then went to Baltimore,
Maryland where I stayed about five days. I was then sent to a hospital
on Broad and Cherry Street in Philadelphia and at last transferred
to a hospital on the corner of 16th and Gilbert Streets. In November
1863 I was given a thirty day furlough and then returned to the
hospital. I received my honorable discharge in June 1864. My history,
while in the army, is one of which any man might be proud.
I first married Verona Reed, by whom I had two children. Capitola
born Sept. 1869 and Franc was born August 28th, 1871. I was married
secondly to Lucina (Cornwall) Wilson the daughter of Rufus and Harriet
E. (Shedley) Cornwall. She was born on Sept. 6th, 1853 at East Concord,
New York. Martin V. Farrar, my brother was in the 104th N.Y.V.I.
and my uncle Wiggin N. Farrar was in the War of 1812. I was postmaster
under Cleveland's Administration. I was an ardent Democrat and a
member of the Phillips Post 329, G.A.R. at Machias.
~ Submitted by William Watkins, Deputy Historian of Machias
is buried at Maple Grove Cemetery in Machias.