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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 Antietam

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.

On the 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 rest 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 & notes

Service dates from Heitman1. His photograph and additional details from the NY State Military Museum2.


Date not known; Castlehacket, County Galway, IRELAND


6/16/1864; Petersburg, VA; burial in 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, <>, Source page:  [AotW citation 12151]