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Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth
Col. Elmer Ellsworth in 1861
Born (1837-04-11)April 11, 1837
Malta, New York, U.S.
Died May 24, 1861(1861-05-24) (aged 24)
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Hudson View Cemetery
Mechanicville, New York, U.S.
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1861
Rank Union Army colonel rank insignia.png Colonel
Unit 11th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War
Elmer Ellsworth in National Portrait Gallery IMG 4388
National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Portrait of Elmer Ellsworth by unknown artist after Matthew Brady photograph (2011)
Last letter written by Elmer Ellsworth (dated May 23, 1861)
Marshall House, Alexandria, Va., where Col. Ellsworth was shot down for attempting to remove a Confederate flag from... - NARA - 530402
The Marshall house where Col Ellsworth was shot
Site of James W. Jackson's hotel, Alexandria, VA
The Hotel Monaco, now The Alexandrian, on the site of the Marshall House, seen in 2009.
Private Francis Brownell
Death of Col Ellsworth
Library of Congress
Death of Col. Ellsworth
(Currier and Ives engraving, 1861)
Coat and Pants of Colonel Ellsworth (4190203465)
United States National Archives
Coat and Pants of Colonel Ellsworth (paired images)
Elmer Ellsworth Monument
The grave of Elmer E. Ellsworth, located in Hudson View Cemetery, Mechanicville, NY
Ellsworth. Memorial Col. E.E. Ellsworth, the patriot martyr. The Marshall house, Alexandria, Va. Francis E. Brownell, the avenger of Ellsworth. LCCN2015645487
Photographs show Colonel Elmer Ellsworth of Field and Staff, 11th New York Infantry Regiment; Marshall House at the corner of King and Pitt Streets, Alexandria, Virginia, the scene of the assassination of Col. Ellsworth on May 24, 1861; and Lieutenant Francis Brownell of Co. A, 11th New York Infantry Regiment, who killed James Jackson after he murdered Col. Ellsworth. From the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Photographs by Mathew Brady

Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth (April 11, 1837 – May 24, 1861) was a United States Army officer and law clerk who was the first conspicuous casualty and the first Union officer to die in the American Civil War. He was killed while removing a Confederate flag from the roof of the Marshall House inn in Alexandria, Virginia.

Before the war, Ellsworth led a touring military drill team, the "Zouave Cadets of Chicago". He was a close personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, who as President later eulogized him as "the greatest little man I ever met". After his death, Ellsworth's body lay in state at the White House. The phrase, "Remember Ellsworth", became a rallying cry and call to arms for the Union Army.

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