Freeman Conner(1836 - 1906)
Home State: New Hampshire
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 44th New York Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
"Soon after coming of age he went to Chicago, where he engaged in the grain business. He was a member of the Ellsworth Zouaves [United States Zouaves Cadets], a famous Illinois military organization, which came East in 1860s attracting much attention by the excellence of its drill, and which escorted President Lincoln to Washington in March, 1861. Later Colonel Ellsworth organized a similar organization in New York City from the ranks of the firemen there [11th NY Infantry], which Mr. Conner joined with the rank of lieutenant. After the tragic death of its commander, and the first battle of Bull Run, this regiment was disbanded [June 1862]; but its officers immediately went to Albany, where they organized the Forty-fourth New York, or 'Ellsworth Avengers,' of which Conner soon became colonel..."
After the War:
He was in business briefly in Charleston, SC, then returned to Chicago, where he was in the grain business, active in the GAR and in politics. At the time of his death of a heart attack in 1906, he had been living on a fruit farm in Valparaiso, Indiana, and left a widow.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Biographical information from Nash1 and his death notice in the Granite Monthly (1906), source of the quote above. His photograph is from a group of the officers of the 44th as they mustered out of service in October 1864, offered at auction by Cowen's in 2005.
|Birth Date: 03/02/1836 Place of Birth: Exeter, NH |
Death Date: 03/28/1906 Death Place: Chicago, IL
1 Nash, Eugene Arus, A History of the Forty-fourth Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, in the Civil War, 1861-1865, Chicago: R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company, 1910 [AotW citation 871]
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