9th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers 1861 -1865

I yearly contribute to the Honor Roll Project of  Heather Wilkinson Rojo – the purpose is to photograph and transcribe Veteran names for family research. Heather’s Blog can be found at http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/

9th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers 1861 -1865


The 9th Regiment Infantry was better known as “The Irish Regiment.” As I transcribed their names, my first thoughts were, “these names seem to be of more Irish origin.” I wasn’t finding any Italian names as I had expected, but it was the Irish wave of immigrants who had first settled in New Haven and surrounding towns before the next wave to arrive – the Italians. This regiment was primarily Irish born or either first generation and came from over 71 towns and cities throughout CT.

The unit originated in New Haven, CT., and was mustered on Sep. 26, 1861. Within two months, they packed what belongings they had and boarded the steamer ship, Constitution, for Ship Island, Mississippi; they departed on Nov. 25th and arrived on Dec. 3rd. The remaining men, at the end of the war. mustered out in Savannah, Georgia on Aug. 3, 1865.

The 9th was engaged quickly in action the following spring in New Orleans  and was part of the first campaign against Vicksburg, Miss. in the summer of 1862. The 9th was the first to capture Confederate colors.

During the war, this regiment lost 10 enlisted men and 3 officers from war wounds; 240 privates died from disease, for a total loss of 253 men. Heatstroke, malaria, and dysentery were the main reasons of death during that time. They also lost many of their men in the work of digging the Williams Canal to avert the river away from the Confederates. Those men perished mainly due to days of temperatures reaching over 100 degrees and the lack of drinking water; the men of the North were not acquainted with the temperatures of the South.

By 1864, their 3-year enlistment was complete and they returned to New Haven to enjoy parades and celebrations with their family and loved ones. At that time, many men reenlisted and headed back to the Virginia Shenandoah Valley for more action.

By 1865, they descended further down into North Carolina and finally into Georgia once again – and by August of that year they were mustered out for a final time; they soon returned to New Haven but not before stopping for a parade in NYC on Broadway.

This granite monument was placed in New Haven’s Bayview Park in 1903;  the park once served as the units training ground and home for several months after its formation in 1861. Atop the granite pillar stands a caped infantryman statue with a rifle. In 1950 the monument was moved from its original location in Bayview Park due to the construction of I-95 coming through; Bayview Park was completely revamped.

The Southside (front) bears the Conn. seal above Reg. 1861 – 1865; the base lists New Orleans – one of their battle sites.


The Eastside bears a bronze plaque which lists nearly 100 names of who died in several battles in Baton Rouge.



Side HIK

The Northside lists 80 names at the battle of Cedar Creek, VA.




The West side lists 85 names who died at Fishers Hill, VA.



Side ABC



battle flags of the 9th

The Battle Flags of the 9th Regiment CT. Volunteers


For more 9th Regiment Conn. Vol. History







bayview map


postcoard of bayview park

Postcard of Bayview Park before it was redesigned. More information on how it was transformed can be found at;  https://citypointnewhavenconnecticut.wordpress.com/


After my posting, I discovered that there would be a wreath-laying ceremony at the 9th Reg. Monument on Nov. 8th, 2015. I was excited to attend as I somehow felt a connection to this monument from all the transcribing of the names. It was a beautiful ceremony to attend and I thought I’d share photos here of this yearly event.





The music supplied on the banjo and the bagpipe was outstanding. It was such a treat to listen to them.

Transcribed Names on Monument


Coote Charles – SERGT.

Scully William

Kennedy Joseph – CORP.

Mullen Daniel

Robinson James W. B.

Abbott John – PRIV

Bohan Paul

Boyle Charles

Brown John

Colbert Morris

Coyle John

Cullen Patrick

Dillon John

Donohue John

Ennes Mathew

Fitzgerald William

Foley Michael

Hall Jesse

Kain Michael

Lane Patrick

Larkins Patrick

Lynch Thomas

Mahoney Patrick

McDonald James

McGrath Thomas

Meredith John

O’Berne John

Reynolds Patrick

Thompson William J.

Walsh John


Cain Patrick – PRIV

Carey William W.

Carlin Andrew

Carroll John

Casheen William

Donohue James

Doran James

Dunn Thomas

Ferris John

Green Patrick

Harrington Joseph

Harvey Thomas

Healey Michael

Lawler James

Lynch John 1st

Lynch Patrick

Magee Michael

Martin John

Merceir Alexander

Minahan Thomas

Molloy Michael

Mulvey Charles

Reynolds Michael 2nd

Waldron Thomas

Woods Patrick


Claffee Patrick T. – LIEUT

McKenna Henry

Keegan Edward

McCormack Thomas

O’Connor George

Barker George – PRIV

Barry John T.

Birmingham Garrett

Broderick James

Charbouel Paul

Clark John

Collins John

Doyle Peter

Eagan John

Galligan Philip

Hughes Arthur

Kearns Thomas

Keaveney Michael

Kelliher Roger

Lauffin Richard

Marlow John

McLoughlin Timothy

Meany John

Monighan James

Murphy James

Rowley John

Smith John 2nd

Woods James


Burton Charles B. – Corp.

Ennes John

Green John B.

Henderson James

Lackey Luke C.

McGrath Michael

Dressendoffer Henry – WAGR

Fibbs William

Baggs  John –  PRIV

Blakeslee Almon

Dimon James C.

Doyle Nicholas

Fagan Michael

Funt William

Hill Henry

Keenan Peter

Moore Michael

O’Brien Thomas

O’Connor Peter

O’Neil Mark

Otis Ennis

Pearson Philip

Ryan John 2nd

Smith Martin

Smith Peter

Sullivan George


Kennedy Thomas – SERG.

Burke Richard

McMahon James

Burns John – MUS.

Ryan Timothy – WAGR

Burgess John R. – PRIV.

Bush James

Carney Ambrose

Clark William

Crowley John

Gallagher Matthew

Grace William

Hartigan John

Kehoe James

Maher John

McTague John

Montague Charles

O’Burnes Michael

Ryan Cornelios

Ryan James

Ryan John

Scott Michael

Sullivan John

Walsh Patrick

Walsh Robert


Ryan Timothy – SERG.

Claxton Richard

Jewett Frederick

Bernhardt Carl G. – CORP.

Coen John

Tobin James

Fanning John – PRIV.

Finke William

Green John

Harringan Michael

McCarthy John

McLaughlin John

McPherson John

McSorley John

Morrissey Patrick

White Thomas


Thrall John – SERG.

Horton John A. – CORP.

McGuire Constantine

Rynes John

Deegan Dennis – MUS.

Dailey Patrick – WAGR

Conner Thomas – PRIV.

Cruise John

Cunningham James

Daley Bartholomew

Eagan William

Frazier George

Furnace Joseph

Galvin James

Greenhart Heenan

Hackett Peter

Hecker Mathew

Helen Fred

Irvine Christian

Lafevre Otto

Lehon Cornelius

Maher John

McAlloon Patrick

Redinger Charles

Spellesay Thomas

Sutter Frank

Tackett James


Simpson John – SERG.

Thompson Henry F.

Weldon Patrick

Bruisee Newman – CORP.

Glynn Patrick

Meldrum John

O’Brien James

Putter Charles H.

Shaughness Peter – WAGR

Brown Daniel H.

Brown John

Cain John I.

Carey James

Gray Patrick

Green John

Hussey John

Kelley John

Kennedy Daniel

Kerley John

McDonald John

Potter Frederick

Reynolds Patrick

Roe Edward

Sanford Oliver

Sanford Stephen

Sullivan Daniel


Hawley Edward – CORP.

Johnson Lewis H.

O’Brien Thomas

Alaby Albert – PRIV.

Calkins Jessee I.

Cooney John

Coyne John

Fenton Peter

Finkle Peter

Gladding Leverett

Goodall William

Mayes Elias

Hillyer George

Hollidi William

Horton George W.

Hudson Henry

Kilgariff Martin

Murphy Martin

Roberts John F.

Robertson Seth

Hillyer James

Smith John

Sullivan William

Todd LeGrand

Warner Abram A.


Fairchild Frederick M. – LIEUT

Brown William – PRIV.

Dikeman George S.

Downey Michael

Flamandy Peter

Lane John

Lyon Edward

McCame William J.

McClure James

McFarland Peter

Prime Edward P.

Patchen Charles T.

Read Robert

Ross Charles

Rowland Herman

Schwenter Joseph

Slawson David A.

Stafford John A.

Stillson David

Sullivan Jeremiah

Talmadge Thomas D.

Wells Jeremiah


Coxall Henry E.

Hallauer Lewis ST. V.

© 2015 Jeanne Bryan Insalaco

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1 Response to 9th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers 1861 -1865

  1. Evelyn Smith says:

    Beautifully done, Jeanne.

    Liked by 1 person

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