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Biography And History Of Captain William Downs Farley
Birth: Dec. 19, 1835
South Carolina, USA

Death: Jun. 9, 1863
Brandy Station
Culpeper County
Virginia, USA


Captain Will Farley, CSA, was a Scout and Voluntary Aide-de-Camp for General JEB Stuart from May, 1862 - June 9, 1863 during the Civil War. He was born in Laurenville, South Carolina. He died during the battle of Brandy Station when a cannon ball severed his right leg. He dying wish was to be buried with his leg - his old friend he called it - and in his new great coat and be sent home to his mother. He was buried in the Ashby family plot in Culpeper and later his dying wish was granted when he was disinterred and taken back to his home state of South Carolina on April 27, 2002 and was buried in the Laurens City Cemetery, Laurens, South Carolina. His brand new coat was presented to him by the Confederate high command before Stuart's review of the troops at Brandy Station. However, when he was disinterred, no brass buttons remained, which dispelled the myth of 138 years that he was buried with his coat.  

(bio by: Janet Greentree)