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Name:Edward M. McConnell
Affiliation:Class of 1857
Biography & Genealogy:Edward M. McConnell, Jr. Class of 1857. Genealogy: Born- March 14, 1838 in Richmond, Va. Father- Edward M. McConnell; Mother- Elizabeth Ring. No information on grandparents. Married- Maria Cordelia Lambert of Rockbridge Co. Va. on April 2, 1874. She was the daughter of Joseph Jay Lambert and Frances Agusta McCarty. Children- 1- Ruth Grace McConnell Ford, who married Joseph Downing Ford; 2- William Howard McConnell; 3- Maria Gertrude McConnell; 4- Earle Lambert McConnell; 5- Edward Herbert McConnell; 6- Bedford Forrest McConnell. VMI Record: Entered VMI- July 18, 1853; Graduated- July 4, 1857 standing 15 in a class of 23. Civil War Record: Enlisted Jun. 10, 1861 at Richmond, Va.; Appointed Captain of Co. E. 44th Va. Infantry; On leave when contracted typhoid fever; Charged with breach of arrest; Dropped from rolls Jan. 1, 1862; Cleared of charges, reinstated, but resigned because of ill health March 18, 1863; Meanwhile, in Richmond, superintended the manufacture of brass wire and served with the 1st Battalion Virginia State Line as Captain of Co. D.; Resigned from that position Jan. 3, 1863 because of his health; Applied for clerkship in Treasury Dept. July 1863; served a Sgt. of Co. D 3rd Virginia Local Defense Troops (Treasury Guards) in Sept. 1863; In hospital with debilitas in fall of 1864; still listed on 1864 rolls in same unit (Co. D 3rd Va. LDT) but as Private; Paroled in Richmond April 28, 1865. Careers: Civil Engineer; Worked as consultant in railroad construction all over the U.S. as well as Egypt and Jamaica; Inventor (invented the safty pin and Railroad tie). Died- Jan. 23, 1910 in Roanoke, Va.
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