Letter to Woodrow Wilson containing two memos. Sept. 25, 1916


Material Information

Letter to Woodrow Wilson containing two memos. Sept. 25, 1916
Series Title:
Samuel D. McConnell Papers
Physical Description:
McConnell, Samuel Darwin, 1834-1885
Creation Date:
Physical Location:
Box: Box 1


Subjects / Keywords:
Mayors -- Correspondence -- Florida -- Ocala   ( lcsh )
Armed Forces -- Officers -- Correspondence   ( lcsh )
Military pensions -- United States -- Mexican War, 1846-1848   ( lcsh )
Military pensions -- United States -- Civil War, 1861-1865   ( lcsh )
Bank stocks -- Florida -- Ocala   ( lcsh )
History -- Ocala (Fla.) -- 19th century   ( lcsh )
Politics and government -- Ocala (Fla.) -- 19th century   ( lcsh )
Social life and customs -- Marion County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Marion -- 12083   ( ceeus )
Ante-Bellum Florida, 1845-1861   ( fhp )
Civil War in Florida, 1861-1865   ( fhp )
Economics and Society: Post-Civil War Florida, 1865-1913 -- Reconstruction Era, 1865-1877   ( fhp )


This collection encompasses the correspondence of Samuel D. McConnell, as well as other relatives of the McConnell family. The bulk of the collection features letters written to his fiance and later wife, Mary Eloise Brumby, in which he describes being admitted to the Ocala bar, his work at the East Florida Seminary, and his thoughts on the political happenings of the time. Though his regiment saw action at Chickamauga and Chattanooga, this collection does not contain any of his letters pertaining to these battles.
In his early letters, McConnell writes about his thoughts on secession, the election of President Lincoln, his feelings on serving in the Confederate Army, and his regiment's movements in the early stages of his enlistment. Towards the end of the war, while stationed in Georgia and Alabama, he discusses the Confederate Army's retreat from Atlanta, the prospect of peace if McClellan wins election as president of the United States, and the army's attempt to regain momentum against Union forces. Other letters discuss routine subjects. The letters from McConnell to his wife Mary span from October 5, 1859 to January 23, 1876. Overall, McConnell's correspondence reflects his thoughts on the war more than his military actions.
The collection also includes correspondence between R. T. Brumby and other members of the McConnell/Brumby family, letters among family members, some correspondence with the War Department.
Samuel Darwin McConnell was an attorney and military captain during the Civil War in Florida. Born on January 14, 1834 in Liberty County, Georgia, McConnell attended school in Walthourville, Georgia, studied law, and was admitted to the Ocala Bar in November of 1860. After passing the bar, McConnell also served as an instructor at the East Florida Seminary in Ocala. Prior to the start of the Civil War, McConnell wrote the petition from Marion County asking for the secession of Florida from the Union. On August 27, 1861, McConnell married Mary Eloise Brumby, daughter of R. T. Brumby.
On March 12, 1862, McConnell enlisted in the 7th Florida Infantry, and was appointed captain of Company G. His unit, formed at Gainesville, was sent with the regiment to Chattanooga and then to east Tennessee. There, the regiment saw action at the Battles of Chattanooga and Chickamauga in 1863. In 1864, McConnell was seriously wounded and was forced to use crutches for the rest of his life. He later returned to practicing law and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1871. In 1880, he returned to Ocala where he served as the first Mayor of Ocala until his death on June 6, 1885.
Source of Description:
Originally derived from archival-level ALEPH record 028292653 ( OCLC: 49505386 )
Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) as part of the Pioneer Days in Florida Project

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Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, Special Collections
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A. u. 2464687

Sopteiiber Z:-, 1916.

lion. ..oodro-. ilson,

..resiuei t of the UInited States,

Shadow Lawn, :eo Jersey.

Liy dear Lar. iPresident :

I have the honor to ackmo 1 -L the receipt of your letter of the

20th instant, with riini you inclose one, herewith returned, roz L.rs.

JueniL. Jones -a-con of ?270 vorta ..,dison Avenue, vasadena, .alifornia,

relative to the service Of -'iiomas uSiush .LcJonnell in the .egulr Army

and in tnr Confederateo St tos rnay, and also the service of htier husband,

Oliver T. D con of Savannah, ,jeorgia, who snhe states served in the

Confederate Army- os in which letter she asks to be inior.-od

whether by reason of the services alleged either she or her sister, the

widow of Thomas r-usa .icJonnell, is entitled to r.-eivu a pension. In

response to your request for a brief nmemorandum on the subject I beg

leave to inclose herewitH tho memorandum roquestod.

Very sincerely yours,

Three inclosures. secretary of '..'ar.




for the secretary of War.

Theo records show that Thomas tush licaOonnell of Jeor~ia entered the
U.ited States Military Acadoi.::iy as a cadet on Julj 1, 1842, uand that he
graduated on July 1, 1846, and was a-,pointedou brevet second lieutenant,
3d United Jtatea Infantry. He ,,as promoted to be 6econi lieutenant, 4th
United States Infantry, on iFebruary 16, 1847; first lieutenant on October
8, 184-, ant c-pt-in on kobruar5" 3, 1855, and was dischar'.ed the service
as captain on March 11, 1856, on ter,.er oi resinnatioii. dio served in
th- W ar with Mexico and was 'revetted a first lieutenant on oe-tei-iber 8,
1847, for .-llant and meritorious service in tde b.ittle of Lolino del
ie, .,xico, and vas brcvetted caLcain on opt ,-bcr 13, 1847, tor al-
lant and meritorious service in the battle of ,i1UaplItepeC, .e:.ico.

The re-cords also show that Thomas .... .icJonnell, r'ho he d served in
the United 03ttes Army and as a cnotu-ilu in the 2d -.>.iment ..;eorgiL Army
(St, -te service), was o;1, i;.r: by the Jonfeideruto States .-on.:te as cap-
tain of Inf zitry, Jonfederate States Army, on Larch 16, 1861, date of
a;.poiiintment not founi o01 record. ''ic records further show taat he served
at .:obile, Alabama, as acti-,;- .oiiavt nnrmaster, ; itie,-rate _.tit3s Ar y, and
tdat he died on ..ril 2), 1861, oause of death not sao-wn.

A copy of the act of Jongoress (A. R. 11707, Public Xo. 278, 64th
Coniir-.s) approved .Jer.teber 8, .Iu, i.icreasin. the -pensions of widows
of decoasei soldiers of the Oivil War, ..ar .ith ..o.ico, and other wars
is inlosed.

-he question whether tre widow of Oaptain 1Acon.aell has a pension-
able status under the Federal laws by reason of his service in the a;ar
with /.e;ico is one for the decision ofL tao Jomnissioner of Penio, to
whose office the subject pertains, li she is not cli iule to receive
suca a p,?n.uiic on account oi her remarrid.;-e it is bu>. .ested as a possi-
bility that if she is, or should become, a resident of any one of the
Southern states the laws of which State provide under certain .1oiiLitions
the pay ,ent of tensions to Confederate soldiers or their wiov.os who re-
side in such State, she mai be eligible to receive a t..t e ieulsion by
reason of the 'ofCe, erate service of Captain i..con:iell upon m:iking a,.-pli-
cation and submittin. the evidence re, 1red to the itute authorities.

A search of the re.cord. based upon the data furnish d has resulted
in failure to fiI,. any record of the service in the -onfederate >--nAy,
either as an officer or as an enlisted man, of Oliver T., or UO. T.,

Form No.57-A. G. 0.
Ed. May 6-16-3,000.

<;- .6 a68 7

raconii. It is pLroper tp state, ho..-ever, that the collection of Oonfe oerate
records on file in this department is in 'oruifl-.te, and that theo failure to
find tie nL.me or ..j person thereon is by no meaws conclusive .'rooj that
the person wao bore ta,.t name di6o not serve as all -gol du'in,-, some ,.-ori..,
not covered by the r-..orCds on file in tais epurtment.

H.*p. PcOaM
''- Audjutant General.
September 2L, 1916.

One inclosure


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