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P. Kelly
P. Kelly

Federal (USA)

Lieutenant Colonel

Patrick Kelly

(? - 1864)
Home State: New York
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 88th New York Infantry

see his Battle Report


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He was Captain in the (3-month) 69th NY State Militia on 9 May 1861 and mustered out 3 Aug 1861. He was appointed Lt Colonel of the 88th NY Volunteers on 14 September 1861, and also received a Regular Army commission as Captain in the 16th US Infantry 26 Ocober 1861.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was in command of the 88th, part of the famed Irish Brigade, and led his regiment's charge on the Sunken Road position on September 17th.

The remainder of the War:
He was promoted to Colonel on 20 October 1862. At Gettysburg, July 1863, he led the Irish Brigade. He was killed in action at Petersburg, Va, in July 1864.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Service dates from Heitman1. His photograph and additional details from the NY State Military Museum2.

Place of Birth: Castlehacket, County Galway, IRELAND    
Death Date: 6/16/1864    Death Place: Petersburg, VA    Burial Place: First Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, NY


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 590  [AotW citation 12150]

2   State of New York, and Division of Military & Naval Affairs, New York State Military Museum, Published c. 2000, first accessed 01 January 2002, <http://www.dmna.state.ny.us/historic/mil-hist.htm>, Source page:  [AotW citation 12151]

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