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Friday, December 31, 2010

Private John Skirving Farmer, United States Volunteers, Memorial Service by the Micah John Jenkins Camp #164, Sons of Spanish American War Veterans.

This information is courtesy of the Micah John Jenkins Camp #164 of The Sons of Spanish American War Veterans. Please try to attend and support such a worthy project.

Everyone is invited to attend the memorial service and headstone dedication for Private John S. Farmer of Company L of the 2nd Georgia Infantry Regiment, United States Volunteers, who served in the Spanish-American War. Until the placement of this headstone this veterans grave has been unmarked since his death, and he has been forgotten.

The service will start at Noon on Saturday, February 12th, 2011, at the Live Oak Cemetery in Walterboro, South Carolina. Speakers will be present to speak on John S. Farmer and the history of the 2nd Georgia Infantry Regiment, U.S.V. Anyone wishing to assist or take part in the service is invited to contact the Micah John Jenkins Camp No. 164 of the Sons of Spanish American War Veterans.


John Skirving Farmer was born in Charleston South Carolina, and was enlisted on May 2nd, 1898, at Savannah, Georgia, by Captain Hopkins in his company. At the time of his enlistment he was described as being 43 years old, 5 ft. 5 in. tall, of a light complexion, with blue eyes and dark brown hair, married, and was employed as a Clerk in Savannah, Georgia. His company joined others from throughout Georgia at Camp Northern in Griffin, Georgia, where he was mustered into United States service as a Private in Company L of the 2nd Georgia Infantry Regiment, U.S. Volunteers, on May 13th, 1898, for a period of two years service. In July of 1898 he was admitted to the regimental hospital for a case of hemorrhoids, however returned to duty shortly thereafter. In September of 1898 he was in and out of the 2nd Brigade Hospital and the Corps Reserve Hospital at Camp Wheeler in Anniston, Alabama, with malarial fever, and on September 13th, 1898, he was furloughed from the Corps Reserve Hospital for one month, and returned home to Savannah to recover. There was apparently some difficulty in his being able to return to Savannah as there is a letter in his file to Captain Hopkins from John Farmer in Macon, Georgia, requesting assistance in obtaining transportation to Savannah, this was obtained through the army and he was able to return to Savannah. He rejoined the Company at the end of his furlough on October 11th, 1898, and on November 22nd, 1898, he was mustered out of United States service with the company (and the remainder of the regiment) at Savannah, Georgia. This service record reflects pretty well the service of the average Spanish-American War Veteran, not all went over to Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the Philippines and many instead served stateside, and did credit to themselves and their states.

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