3rdMI Cavalry, Company L (1842 – 1864) Born in 1842 to Elisha (1799-1851) and Sally Barden (d. 1850) Godfrey of Rives Twp., Jackson County, MI, Eldridge Godfrey enlisted on Jan. 15, 1864 as a private in the 3rd MI Cavalry, Company L at age 22. Godfrey was employed as a farmhand for the J.H. Shaw family in Southfield, MI at the time of his enlistment. Seven months later Eldridge Godfrey died of disease at DeVall’s Bluff, AR on Aug. 10, 1864 at age 22 years 10 months 17 days. He is buried in the Walker Cemetery, Rives Junction, Jackson County, MI.