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Civil War Soldiers - Connor

Connor, Patrick E., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in the south of Ireland, March 17, 1820, came to the United States when a boy and was educated in New York city. In 1839 he enlisted in the regular army, serving through the Seminole war, and, upon being discharged in 1844, entered upon commercial pursuits in New York city, but moved to Texas in 1846. At the outbreak of the Mexican war he became captain of Texas volunteers in the regiment of Albert Sidney Johnston, and fought at Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma and Buena Vista, where he was severely wounded. Shortly after the close of the war he emigrated to California, where he engaged in business, and at the beginning of the Civil war he raised a regiment of California volunteers, and was ordered to Utah to keep the Mormons in check and protect the overland routes from the raids of Indians. With a force of 200 men he marched 140 miles in four days through deep snow and in the dead of winter, and, attacking a band of 300 Indians in a stronghold, killed the whole band. He commanded the Utah district during the war, effectively establishing the authority of government. He was commissioned brigadier-general, March 30, 1863, and on March 13, 1865, was brevetted major-general of volunteers for efficient and meritorious services. Declining a commission as colonel in the regular army, he was mustered out of the service in 1866, and became the leader in building up a gentile community in Utah. He founded the first daily paper published in the state, located the first silver mine, and did much to advance the interests of the territory. He died in Salt Lake city, Utah, Dec. 17, 1891. 

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

Connor, Seldon, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Fairfield, Me., Jan. 25, 1839. He was graduated at Tufts college, Mass., studied law, and when the war broke out enlisted for three months in the 1st regiment of Vermont volunteers. At the end of this period of service he became major, and soon afterwards lieutenant-colonel of the 7th Maine regiment, which he commanded in the Peninsular campaign from the beginning of the Seven Days' battles. For a short time after the battle of Antietam he commanded the 77th N. Y. volunteers. In Jan., 1864, he was made colonel of the 19th Maine infantry, and commanded the brigade as ranking officer. In the battle of the Wilderness, on May 6, 1864, his thigh was shattered by a bullet, and, although commissioned brigadier-general in June, 1864, was incapacitated for further service. He was made a member of the staff of Gov. Chamberlain in 1867, was appointed assessor of internal revenue in 1868, and in 1874 was appointed by President Grant collector for the Augusta district. He was elected governor of Maine in 1875, and served two terms. He was pension agent under President Arthur from 1882 to 1885, and in 1897 was appointed to the same position by President McKinley.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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