George Farr Autobiography

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Farr, George
George Farr autobiography
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Scope and Contents note

This typed copy of George Farr's autobiography, entitled "My Own Life," tells of his childhood on a small farm in Erie County, New York, and his family's migration to Michigan in the 1850s. It describes farm life and work in rural Michigan in those years. The autobiography is primarily an account of the Civil War and of Farr's war experiences. He served briefly with the 1st Michigan Regiment, and later with the 4th U.S. Artillery. The autobiography gives a clear picture of camp life and describes Farr's part in the battles of 1st Bull Run, Shiloh, Murfreesboro, and the Tullanoma Campaign. It also includes Farr's personal analysis of military leaders and political events. THis has been scanned and placed online at

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections June 1977

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  February 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Madison Kuhn, 1977-02-28.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army -- Military life -- History -- 19th century.
  • United States. Army. Artillery.
  • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 4th (1864-1866).


  • Autobiographies

Geographic Name(s)

  • Erie County (N.Y.)
  • Michigan -- Description and travel
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 19th century

Personal Name(s)

  • Farr, George
  • Kuhn, Madison


  • Agriculture -- Michigan
  • Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861
  • Shiloh, Battle of, Tenn., 1862
  • Stones River, Battle of, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 1862-1863

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Collection Inventory


Autobiography Undated