This page is dedicated in honor of my ancestor-second cousin Holby George Farnsley who served and fought with the 81st Indiana Vol. Infantry Co F during the American Civil War.
Holby's GAR Chapter photo taken 1894 at Medaryville, Indiana. Holby has red circle around him. Also see Holby's page on the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Website.

Holby G. Farnsley was recruited into the service of his country the 21st day of December, 1863 at Jeffersonville, Indiana, Clark County bt Capt. R.B.Moore. A private in Co. F, 81st Regiment Indiana Infantry. His first major battle experience was at Resaca, Ga in Sherman's Army. He became sick and was sent to hospital at Kingston, Ga during the Atlanta Campaign. From June 1, 1864; thence to Jeffersonville, and New Albany, Indiana. He was transferred to Co. C, 81st Indiana Regiment(see more below). He was shown at Camp Harker, Tenn. January 13, 1865; bounty paid $180, due $120.; another roll is from Victoria, Texas; there is an indicidual muster-out roll, Louisville, Ky. June 14, 1865, saying he was mustering out.
Descriptive roll of a detachment; a private in Co C, 81st Regiment states he was born at Jefferson Co., Ky age 21 years, a cooper; enlisted at Jeffersonville, Indiana. December 21, 1863 for a period of three years, grey eyes, fair hair and complexion, 5'10 1/2" high, residence-English, Posey township, Harrison County.
A statement from the War Dept. says the report of his transfer was erroneous, and he was discharged June 14, 1865. Hospital records: age 22 years, native of English, Indiana, single, nearest relative-James M. Farnsley of English, Indiana. Also borne on rolls-a Corneas Henry Farnsley. Suffering from chronic stomach problems.
A Commerative Brick I dedicated to Holby in the streets of Gettysburg, PA
Holby's & wife Mary's grave at Medaryville City Cemetary in Medaryville, Indiana.
81st Regiment Indiana Infantry

Organized at New Albany, Ind, and mustered in August 29, 1862. Ordered to Louisville, Ky., August 29. Attached to 32nd Brigade, 9th Division, Army of the Ohio, September, 1862. 32nd Brigade, 9th Division, 3rd Corps, Army Ohio, to November, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, Right Wing 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to January, 1863. 3rd Brigade 1st Division; 20th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to March, 1863. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 4th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to June, 1865.

SERVICE.--Pursuit of Bragg into Kentucky October 1-15, 1862. Battle of Perrysville, Ky., October 8. March to Nashville, Tenn., October 16-November 7, and duty there till December 26. Reconnaissance toward Franklin December 9. Near Brentwood December 9. Advance on Murfreesboro December 26-30. Nolensville December 26-27. Battle of Stone's River December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863. Duty at Murfreesboro till June. Reconnaissance from Salem to Versailles March 9-14. Operations on Eagleville Pike near Murfreesboro June 4. Middle Tennessee or Tullahoma Campaign June 22-July 7. Liberty Gap June 22-27. Duty at Winchester till August. Passage of the Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and Chickamauga (Ga.) Campaign August 16-September 22. Battle of Chickamauga September 19-20. Siege of Chattanooga, Tenn., September 24-October 25. Reopened Tennessee River October 26-29. Duty at Bridgeport, Ala., till January 26, 1864, and Ooltewah till May, 1864. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 3 to September 8, 1864. Tunnel HillMay 6-7. Demonstrations on Rocky Faced Ridge and Dalton May 8-13. Buzzard's Roost Gap May 8-9. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Near Kingston May 18-19. Near Cassville May 19. Advance on Dallas May 22-25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Hill June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff's Station, Smyrna Camp Ground, July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama September 29-November 3. Nashville Campaign November-December. Columbia, Duck River, November 24-27. Battle of Franklin, November 30. Battle of Nashville December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-28. Moved to Huntsville, Ala., and duty there till March, 1865. Operations in East Tennessee March 15-April 22. At Nashville till June. Mustered out June 13, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 4 Officers and 52 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and and 1 Officer and 188 Enlisted men by disease. Total 245.


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Source: A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer. Copyright, 1908.
Thank you to Mr. Orville White(WWII Veteran) of Medaryville for the short Bio and photo, whos been a lot of help in tracing Holby. In his memory Mr. White passed on to heaven on April 17, 2002, GOD bless you sir you will always be in my heart.