Born in Greenville, Greene Co., 2/16/1813. His father was a tanner
and farmer. Eliakim moved to Herkimer Co. 1832. He married a daughter
Judge Eldridge, of Madison Co. Moved to Shandaken, Ulster Co. in 1838,
where he had a tannery. In 1847 he was elected a member of Congress
from Ulster District. In 1854, he was elected
State Senator. In 1857, he moved to Brooklyn, then in 1860 to Geneva,
where he had a
farm. He was ordered to raise a regiment in the 26th dist.
with shot through his lower jaw at Maryland Heights. The wound never
healed but he rejoined his regiment at Union Mills, VA, 12/10/1862
temporarily. He returned for duty 1/27/1863. At Gettysburg, he was
mortally wounded by a musket shot in the bowels on the second day of
battle. Carried off the field by men of the 39th regiment, he was
taken to the
11th Corps hospital where he died on 7/4/1863. He is buried in Geneva,
attended the funeral.
February 16, 1813 - July 4, 1863
In l890 his widow, Emily, was living
in Elizabeth, N.J.
Thanks to Betty Auten for the additional information on Col.
Image from Dedication of the N.Y.S. Auxiliary Monument
on the Battlefield of Gettysburg, Albany: J.B. Lyons, 1926