By Jon McGinty
ROCKTON, Ill. — The Rockton Township Historical Society will unveil a historical oil painting at a reception at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 30. The painting is a portrait of Civil War Brigadier General Elon Farnsworth, who was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg July 3, 1863 — only five days after being promoted to Brigadier General. He is buried in the Rockton Cemetery.
The painting was commissioned by the Jeff Anderson family, and was painted by local artist Vince Chiaramonte. It, along with Civil War artifacts connected to Farnsworth, was previously on display at the Civil War Museum in Kenosha, Wis. The painting will remain on permanent loan to the Rockton Historical Society at 529 Green St., in Rockton, Ill.
During the reception, members of the Sons of Union Veterans Reserve (SVR) from Logan Camp in Rockford will mingle with the guests. The SVR members will wear the uniforms of the Rockford Zouaves, one of the first contingents of volunteers to leave Rockford for duty in the Union Army. Local historian Sharon McCardle will speak about related events in the Civil War. The event is free and open to the public.
From the March 26-April 1, 2014, issue