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The son of a War of 1812 general, Capt. George Washington Palmer (left) fought in the Mexican and Civil Wars. His son Maj. George Henry Palmer (right) was awarded the Medal of Honor during the Civil War. He would sire a future general, whose son would also achieve the rank of general.

The Palmers — Monmouth’s remarkable military family

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Capt. Palmer’s wife, Amanda, was the sister of Monmouth’s renowned Civil War general Abner C. Harding.
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Capt. Palmer built his imposing Monmouth residence on East Broadway in 1852. It was later moved to North Third Street and torn down in 1970.
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Capt. Palmer’s son Rodney did not enter the military, but performed death-defying feats hanging from a balloon before his untimely death at the age of 25.
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Lt. Guy Palmer planted a flag at the top of San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War.
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Brig. Gen. Bruce Palmer (left) and his son, Gen. Bruce Palmer Jr.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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