|Birth||Oct. 3, 1844|
|Death||March 11, 1930|
|Post||Old Abe (Superior)|
|Unit||11th Iowa Infantry, Company F|
Private Benjamin J McConnell
Company F, 11th Iowa Infantry
McConnell was born in Butler County, Pennsylvania on October 3, 1844. He was residing in Washington (Washington County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on February 5, 1864. McConnell was mustered on February 19, 1864 and served about 1 year and 5 months. He was discharged on July 15, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky.
McConnell joined the regiment during the last part of the Civil War. During his enlistment, the unit was involved in several major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:
Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864). The regimental losses on July 22, 1864 were 16 killed, 78 wounded, 34 were captured, and 21 were reported missing. Private McConnell was one of the wounded. The nature of the wound and his recovery time was not available.
General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).
Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).
Campaign of the Carolinas (NC/SC) (January-April, 1865).
Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).
At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).
Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).
McConnell died on March 11, 1930 at the age of 85 years. He is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Superior (Nuckolls County), Nebraska. McConnell was a member of the Old Abe Post (#63) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Superior.
Doc – McConnell(11IOWA).doc
Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.