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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.
THE ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE.
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
-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.
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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.
''- Audjutant General.
September 2L, 1916.
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