A native of York, S.C., Henry Calvin Conner (1835-1883) served as a soldier in the Confederate army. Some letters document that at various times, members of this family also spelled the surname as “Connor.”
Selected calendar, 1829-1863, of the Henry Calvin Conner papers, 1803-1982.
Correspondence, deeds, plats, and mortgages, warrants of appraisement, and other land papers involving members of the Conner and O'Leary families of York District (later York County), S.C., Sullivan's Island, S.C., and Oxford, Miss., including petition, 23 Oct. 1828, for U.S. citizenship filed by Jeremiah O'Leary (1801-1850); letters and miscellaneous papers of the O'Leary family, 1829-1860, primarily centering around Jeremiah O'Leary and relating in part to the emigration of the family from Ireland and their establishment in Yorkville.
Civil War and Post-Civil War materials include 121 letters, 11 June 1861 - 27 Mar. 1865, to Ellen O' Leary (1838-1920), Yorkville, S.C., giving descriptions of military life and battles of in Virginia, Tennessee. and Maryland, including letter, 12 July 1861, Camp Walker, Mannassas Junction, Va., Henry Calvin Conner to [Mary] Ellen [O' Leary Conner, Yorkville], discussing military preparations prior to the first battle of Mannassas (Bull Run); correspondence from various members of the O'Leary family in Mississippi and Arkansas detailing home front conditions during General Grant's Mississippi campaign, and describing economic and racial conditions after the war; letter, 21 May 1884, agreement between Charleston, Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad Company and various citizens of Yorkville to locate a depot in the town; and miscellaneous biographical and genealogical material re Henry Calvin Conner and the Conner and O' Leary families.
Abreviations / Legend
- ADS = autographed document signed
- ALS = autographed letter signed
- ALS(T) = typed copy of autographed letter signed
- DS = document signed
- LS = letter signed
- MP = printed manuscript
- MS = manuscript signed
- n.d. = undated
- ALS, 29 July 1829, Sullivan[']s Island, Ellen O[']Leary, to Jeremiah O[']Leary, Yorkville (commenting on the recent illness of "my best friend in America Mr. Simons" who "was taken verry sick with a Paralytic Fit," and urging her brother to remove to Charleston where he could "get employment as Bricklayers are verry scarse in town [and] the People complain of their bad work").
- ALS, 5 Aug. 1829, Sullivan[']s Island, Ellen O[']Leary, to Jeremiah O[']Leary, Yorkville (scolding her brother for his lack of written communication and congratulating him upon his forthcoming marriage on behalf of Mr. Simons and Mrs. Ball).
- ALS, 15 Oct. 1830, Charleston, Ellen O[']Leary, to Jeremiah O[']Leary, [Yorkville] (mentioning their brother, Dan, recently arrived from Ireland, who needed money in order to travel to Yorkville, and reminding him of his promise made six years earlier upon leaving Ireland—"you brought God to wittness that you would be a Father and a protector to me in the Land of strangers").
- ALS, 26 Aug. 1838? [fragment], Charleston, W[illia]m McLean, to Daniel O[']Leary, c/o J[eremiah] O[']Leary, Yorkville (mentioning Ellen O'Leary's recovery from yellow fever, commenting on the plentiful labor for mechanics after the recent fires, complaining that Negro mechanics were replacing white laborers, and recollecting the recent punishment of a white barber for receiving stolen goods from a Negro).
- ALS, 23 Oct. 1838, Yorkville, Rose Ann O[']Leary [Mrs. Jeremiah], to Daniel O[']Leary, Columbus, Ga. (containing news of the family as well as recent marriages and deaths in the vicinity of Yorkville).
- MS, 4 Apr. 1842 - 12 June 1845 (invoice to Jeremiah O'Leary from J.E. Grist for miscellaneous merchandise).
- ALS, 5 Sept. 1845, Charlotte, N.C., Jeremiah O[']Leary, to [Rose Ann O'Leary], Yorkville (reporting plans to return home for a short visit and requesting his wife to tell "Mr. O[']Connell that i will give him a suit of Clothes at Christmas if he teaches Ellen an[d] Cathrine the[i]r books").
- MS, 22 Nov. 1853 (bill of sale from S.L. Love to "Rosanne O'Lary" for the sale of a slave, Milton).
- DS, Sept. 1856 (printed form, "Head Quarters, 4th Regiment Kansas Militia," certifying that H.C. Connor served as a private in the "Palmetto Mounted Rangers" of the Kansas Volunteers, 17 Aug. - 21 Sept. 1856).
- MS, ca. 20 Sept. 1856 (handwritten poetry exercises of Kate O'Leary).
- ALS, 27 Sept. 1857, Mobile, Ala., T.A. Woods, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (containing news of family and mutual acquaintances and expressing his fondness for Kate [O'Leary]).
- MS, 9 Nov. 1858 (promissory note for $60.00 from W.P. McFadden).
- MS, 15 Jan. 1860 (printed form, "Office of the Grand Scribe, Sons of Temperance of South Carolina," Bennettsville, to H.C. Conner, York, acknowledging receipt of "Quarterly Returns from your Division").
- MS, 9 Nov. 1860 (promissory note for $168.90 from W.P. McFadden).
- ALS, 5 May 1861, [Sullivan's Island], G[eorge] H. O[']Farrell, to "Dear Cousin" (containing news of his regiment's arrival at Charleston following the bombardment of Ft. Sumter, reporting that "general B[ea]uregard says that we are the finest lo[o]king Reg[iment] that he ever seen," describing the floating battery as "a wonderful peice of work," and commenting on his quarters at "Moultrie house[,] the largest house on the Island").
- ALS, 11 June 1861, Richmond, Va., H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (reporting the safe arrival of his regiment at Richmond, mentioning the many kindnesses shown to them by residents of "the old North State," remarking that President Davis would inspect their dress parade that evening, and commenting on army rations—"we had any quantity of crackers delt out to us which the Boys call Shingles....they ware prodigiously hard and enough to try the patience of a Methodest parson").
- ALS, 17 June 1861, Richmond, [Va.], G[eorge] H. O[']Farrell, to "Dear Cousin" (containing news of the anticipated move to "Manassus Junction where we will have a fair chance for a fight," and expressing faith in Gen. Beauregard's leadership—"I think I would rather fight under his and Col Jenkens comand than any one else that is in the field").
- ALS, 16 June , Camp Davis, Richmond, Va., Henry C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (reporting the general lack of news and commenting on religious life in camp, including "pray[e]r Meeting every night conducted by our young friend Mr Wetherspoon").
- ALS, 19 June 1861, Camp Walker, Manassas [Junction], Va., H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (commenting on anticipation among the troops that conflict was imminent, speculating that the next move would be to Fairfax or Alexandria, and suggesting that there were twenty thousand men present and more arriving daily, "all fine looking Men and in good Sperits & eager for the fray").
- ALS, 23 June 1861, Manassas Junction, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Mrs. R[ose] A[nn] O[']Leary, [Yorkville] (friendly letter with comments on the bountiful crops).
- ALS, 23 June 61, Camp Walker, Manassas [Junction, Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (reporting a false battle alarm in camp during the night, suggesting that "we are now in the enemys country...prince william county within twenty Miles of Alaxandria where thay gave Lincoln two hundred votes at his late election and if thair are any truth in rumours it has furnished the old Babboon with one hundred Men," and commenting on the wellbeing of various men from the Yorkville area).
- ALS, 30 June 61, Camp Walker, Manassas Junction, [Va.], Henry C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (including news of domestic duties about camp, decrying the lack of female companionship, reporting numerous cases of measles among the troops, and relating the rumor that Confederate forces might move on Alexandria).
- ALS, 7 July 1861 [fragment], Camp Walker, Manassas Junction, [Va.], Henry C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (describing leisure activities in camp on Sunday, including many soldiers writing letters home, and commenting on the general lack of war news).
- ALS, ca. 25 July 1861, Camp near Centreville, Fairfax County, Va., H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (account of the First Battle of Manassas, describing the activities of his regiment and recounting the confusion among Confederate forces—"we crossed the creek at the ford and advanced about two Miles and came up in the reare of thair Battery and formed in line of Battle our noble rejment leading the way and our Mississippi friends on our left[.] But from Some Misunderstanding amongst the officer[s] whe[n] the Command was given to charge the palmetto Boys Led the way with a Shout that almost Shook the earth and the Missi[ssip]pians Mistook us for the enemy and fired into our ranks Killing and wounding Several of our boys in fact More than was killed by the enemy").
- ALS, 30 July 1861, Camp Pettus, [Fairfax County, Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (warning against placing faith in rumors—"if the war continues you all will here a great Many false reports which May cause you Many a Sorawful heart and perhaps Sleepless hour wh[i]ch Might be avoided by paying no attention whatever to those flying rumours....therefore I think it best for those who have relatives or friends heare to pay Little attention to what thay heare unless thay get it from a reliable Scorce," describing a trip to the Manassas battlefield, and lamenting the poor burials of most soldiers—"I saw Several that had but a few Leaves brush and earth thrown over them and a greate portione of thair bodies Lay exposed to the open air").
- ALS, 5 Aug. 1861, Camp Pettus, Fairfax County, [Va.], Henry C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (commenting re the general lack of activity around camp and the anticipation of additional military maneuvers).
- ALS, 9 Aug. 1861, Camp Pettus, Fairfax County, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (reporting the recent death of two soldiers from York District, James Hemphill and Samuel Faulkner, and mentioning that the troops were "reviewed by Prince Napolian this morning who is now travling through the north and South" and who was invited by Generals Beauregard and Johnston to review Confederate troops assembled near Centreville).
- ALS, 11 Aug. 1861, Yorkville, H[attie] P. M[cFadden], to [H.C. Conner] (commenting on various activities around town, including women making clothes and knapsacks for the soldiers, and remarking—"I do not know how Pa gets along with his business he never tells us but I suppose he has difficult work to get materials to keep his hands employed").
- ALS, 8 Sept. 1861, Camp near Germantown, Fairfax County, [Va.], James Patrick Palmer, to [Ellen O'Leary, Yorkville] (mentioning a recent battle, reporting on the health and welfare of several soldiers from York District, and suggesting that his friend, H.C. Conner, "I think...can[']t live long he has got the Tifoid Feaver").
- ALS, 19 Sept. 1861, Camp near Germantown, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (writing of his recovery from typhoid fever, an illness of five weeks durations, and mentioning the difficulty of obtaining silver coins to pay for postage).
- ALS, 26 Sept. 1861, Camp [near] Germantown, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (explaining why most of his letters were sent to her in care of Mr. Hobbs—"in the first place we cannot get Silver to pay our postage with and they will not take paper money for postage and in the next place when the postage is paid our Letters is not So apt to go as if not paid So I have to frank all My letters," apologizing for not having written during his recent illness, noting that his regiment was currently on patrol along the Potomac within sight of Washington, and expressing hope for a furlough in order to recuperate at home).
- ALS, 3 Dec. 1861, Centreville, Va., H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (reporting his safe arrival at camp following his recent furlough, mentioning a lost trunk containing his blankets and overcoat, and noting—"our camp is Situated within a Quarter of a mile of centreville on a very high place where we get the benefit of the wind for Several Miles around....It is bitterly coald to day [and] we had Some Snow yesterday evening....we can See it lying uppon the Mountins in large Quandities").
- ALS, 10 Dec. 61, Centreville, Va., H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (relating news of the recent suicide of a member of his brigade, recounting the execution of two soldiers from Louisiana for "rebelling against thair officers," and rejoicing at the return of his lost baggage).
- ALS, 19 Dec. 1861, Camp near Centreville, Va., Henry C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (lengthy discussion of patriotism and the outlook for the continuation of the war, expressing hope that the Confederacy "will be able to make a vigerous defence and Show to the Yankees and the world that the Sperit that animated thair ancesters in the days of Seventy Six has not Lost that fixed detirmination to be freemen or die," and defending his initial decision to volunteer for service in the Confederate army).
- ALS, 26 Dec. 61, Centreville, Va., Henry C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (mentioning a military engagement on Friday, 20 Dec. 1861, at Drainsville, in which the regiment lost eighteen or twenty men and forty-five wounded, reporting the death of Joseph Caldwell of Chester District, and remarking that Christmas passed off quietly "owing to the Scarsity of whiskey" for which some men paid as much as sixteen dollars per gallon).
- ALS, 3 Jan. 1862, Centreville, Va., H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (reporting that his term of enlistment would expire 13 Apr. 1863, hoping to return home at that time, and enclosing ninety dollars for safekeeping as well as his ring for her to wear).
- ALS(T), 7 Jan. 1862, Centreville, Va., H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (speculating on rumors in camp that soldiers might be pressed into re-enlisting as soon as their present terms of enlistment expired).
- ALS, 27 Jan. 1862 [incomplete], Centreville, Va., H.C. Conner, to Miss M[ary] E[llen] O[']Leary, [Yorkville] (reporting that his regiment had occupied their winter quarters—"I wish the Ladies of Yorkville could pay us a visit and See the many contrivancies with which we try to make ourselves comfortable....it would amuse them a great deal to See us as we get up in the Morning and go about cooking," and describing the misery of picket duty in the freezing rain, sleet, and mud "Shoe Mouth deep").
- ALS, 5 Feb. 1862, Centreville, Va., Henry C. Conner, to Miss M[ary] E[llen] O[']Leary, [Yorkville] (speaking of re-enlistment and the possibility that those men re-enlisting might be offered thirty-day furloughs, and expressing his belief that "the campaign of sixty two will be the most important one of the present war").
- ALS, 26 Feb. 1862, Camp [near] Centreville, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (noting that rumors in camp suggest that "the fortunes of ware is aganst us and that there will be more difficulty in establishing our indipendance than we at first anticipated," and reporting the death of two men from his company, S.L. Glenn and David McCarter).
- ALS, 3 Mar. 1862, Centreville, Va., H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (expecting the camp to move at any time, and speculating that Confederate troops might fall back seventy or eighty miles toward Richmond in the vicinity of Gordonsville).
- ALS, 24 Mar. 1862, Camp Taylor, Orange County, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (reporting that the camp near Centreville was evacuated, and expressing indecision over the question of re-enlisting or returning home to be conscripted).
- ALS, 16 Apr. 1862, Camp near Richmond, [Va.], Henry C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (informing her that "the Conscription Act has passed and we are all pressed for two years or the war," lamenting his loss of a furlough, reporting two hundred and twenty-five miles of marching within the last month and no tent in which to sleep despite the inclement weather, and requesting that she send him a photograph of herself as soon as possible).
- ALS, 24 Apr. 1862, Camp near Yorktown, [Va.], H.C. C[onner], to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (suggesting that the men expect a fight soon but that the enemy had ceased firing on their picket lines, noting that there were still no tents in camp, and commenting—"the Boys...have pretty much became Reconciled to the press Bill [and] all companys and Regts have been Reorganised and Ellected thair officers [and] I have Left my old company and joined the Jaspers in Jenkins new Regt [Palmetto Sharpshooters]").
- MS, ca. Apr. 1862 (muster roll, "Company G, Palmetto Sharp Shooters").
- ALS, 7 May 1862, Camp near Yorktown, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (recounting his experiences on a picket detail, suggesting that the two armies were not more than one mile apart, and writing—"we are Still Living in the woods without tents Serounded by Swamps and Large numbers of troops from different States...fine clever fellows and I must Say in justice to them although I am ashamed to Say it, that they are as a Body More obliging and unselfish than the Soldiers from our State").
- ALS, 10 May 1862, New Kent County, Va., H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (mentioning a recent battle in which B.L. Hemphill was killed and Hays Ervin was severely wounded, suggesting that Confederate forces were retreating toward Richmond, and noting that his letter was written during a halt in marching).
- ALS, 15 May 1862, Camp near Richmond, [Va.], Henry C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (describing military activity near Williamsburg, the most severe fighting yet in Conner's opinion, and mentioning that he was temporarily stationed inside Ft. Magruder to support the artillery and to protect them from the fire of enemy sharpshooters).
- ALS, 25 May 1862, Camp near Richmond, [Va.], Henry C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (speculating on the certainty of confrontation since the two armies were so close together, alluding to several skirmishes, including one near Hanover Station and another at Drury's Bluff, "where our men have been placing obstructions in the river to prevent the gun boats from coming up the river to the city," commenting on the abundance of bread and meat, and reporting that Longstreet's Division had moved to a point nearer Richmond).
- ALS, 28 May 1862, Camp near Richmond, [Va.], Henry C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (reporting that his position was "within two or two and a half miles of Richmond where I Suppose will be the great battle ground of Sixty two," and referring to "Stonewall Jackson[']s Vi[c]tory" as well as a recent fight at "Machanicksville turnpike northeast of Richmond").
- ALS, 2 June 1862, Camp near Richmond, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (describing the military maneuvers during a recent battle [Seven Pines], a day-long engagement on 31 May 1862, and reporting that his company went in with approximately sixty-four men and lost only one, but over half were wounded, including George O'Farrell, who was severely wounded).
- ALS, 10 June 1862, Camp near Richmond, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (mentioning the recent arrival of Mr. O'Farrell, who was unable to locate his son, George, referring to "trophies" retrieved from the battlefield, and forwarding a watch and overcoat in care of Mr. O'Farrell).
- ALS, 15 June 1862, Camp near Richmond, [Va.], Henry C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (reporting that there had been no word yet from George O'Farrell, speculating that he may have been taken prisoner, planning to have his photograph taken as soon as possible, and reporting—"we have drawn no money here Since December and change is getting Scarce").
- ALS, 22 Jun3 1862, Camp near Richmond, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (speculating that George O'Farrell might be among some twenty members of his regiment imprisoned at Fortress Monroe, commenting on the hardships endured by the Twelfth S.C. Regiment and the resulting morale problems, and questioning the wisdom of the Confederate government's decision to discharge all foreigners who did not re-enlist or take the oath of allegiance).
- ALS, 10 July 1862, Camp near Richmond, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (commenting re the thinning ranks and vacant streets of the old camp, complaining of exhaustion and blistered feet as well as no money and few clothes, noting—"I am not so fortunate as to get wounded in the canteen and by that means get one [a furlough] as Some of our men do," reporting that S.C. Sadler had received a letter from George O'Farrell, and suggesting that she "tell George [O'Leary] he had better Stay at home with his mother if he Knows what is best for him").
- ALS, 15 July 1862, Camp near Drury Bluff, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (informing her of his recent visit with members of the Twelfth S.C. Regiment, and again suggesting that her younger brother, George O'Leary, remain at home).
- ALS, 27 July 1862, H.C. Conner to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (mentioning dissatisfaction among some of the men wanting to return home, suggesting that he could see no immediate end to the war, and reporting the discovery of a woman from Fairfax County who was found in full uniform and masquerading as a man within his regiment).
- ALS, 8 Aug. 62, Camp near Richmond, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (reporting that he had been sent on detail to the Seven Pines battlefield to recover tents and baggage left behind by Union troops as well as to properly bury Hugh Moore, a member of his company, mentioning that upon his return from the battlefield his regiment had gone to Malvern Hill to support the pickets amid skirmishing, and rejoicing that George O'Farrell had returned to camp after being released as a prisoner of war).
- ALS, 17 Aug. 1862, Camp near Richmond, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (anticipating a move toward Gordonsville and reporting that the troops had received new uniforms but that there would probably be no opportunity to have his photograph taken before leaving Richmond).
- ALS, 3 Sept. 1862, Fairfax County, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (reporting that he did not fight in the last engagement because "I was detailed as company commisary and had to Stay behind and do the cooking for the company," noting that Confederate forces were in the vicinity of Germantown with Federal troops nearby at Fairfax Court House, and speculating whether Confederate forces would invade Maryland).
- ALS, 8 Sept. 1862, Camp near Frederick, Md., H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (suggesting that most of the citizens of Maryland were not as favorable toward the Confederate cause as once believed, and speculating on the next move, possibly toward Baltimore).
- ALS, 23 Sept. 1862, Camp near Martinsburg, Va., H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (commenting on a rumor that the army was headed for Richmond, where they were camped at the same time the previous year, and recalling that one year ago he left camp near Germantown on a furlough).
- ALS, 10 Oct. 1862, Camp near Winchester, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (complaining of fatigue from the Maryland campaign, where he enjoyed nothing but "marching[,] hard fighting and Loss of Sleep besides Little to eate," and speculating on the possibility of returning home—"if I could get Some one to take my place for two months uppon reasonable terms I would do it but then I would hate very much to have any one take my place and thay get Killed during my abcence as Some have beene this Sum[m]er").
- ALS, 1 Nov. 1862, Camp near Culpepper C[ourt] H[ouse, Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (reporting his position within two miles of Culpepper Court House, reached after a march of some sixty miles in three and one-half days, and noting that rumors suggested that they might be relocated to the South Carolina coast during the winter months).
- ALS, 25 Nov. 1862, Camp near Fredericksburg, [Va.], Henry C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (reporting a large Union army on the opposite side of the river, suggesting that the men were in good spirits despite the need for new shoes and warmer clothes, questioning whether there would be adequate winter quarters, and expressing regret "that you all are alarmed at the prospect of an insurrection amongst the negroes for I do not think thair is much to be feared from them as thay will always be betrayed in time to prevent Mischief").
- ALS, 18 Dec. 1862, Camp near Fredericksburg, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (describing the recent battle [Fredericksburg] in which his brigade was not directly engaged, reporting the heavy damage done by Federal troops to the city, and describing the aftermath of the battle— "I can Say that I have Seene Several battle fields but I never have Seen the yankee dead thicker than they are here thare is one piece of ground I Suppose about four acres that thare is about four hundred and fifty Lying dead").
- ALS, 28 Dec. 1862, Camp near Hamilton's Crossing, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (reporting his return from the battlefield where most of the Union soldiers had been buried, mentioning that his brigade had recently changed from Pickett's to Hood's division, but was still part of Longstreet's corps, commenting that he was now serving alongside soldiers from Texas, Alabama, and North Carolina, and lamenting the poor economic conditions at home, especially in regard to those suspected of usury—"I am no advocate of Lynch Law but I Should Like very much to See a fiew men at home taken up and a double portion of it administered to them...and if it Should be our good fortune to Survive this war thay may regret the day that thay extorted the Last farthing from the wife and orphan of Soldiers who have died in thair Countrys Service").
- ALS, 11 Jan. 1862, Camp near Fredericksburg, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (noting his satisfaction with Hood's division, reporting that winter furloughs would begin soon and that George O'Farrell would probably be one of the first to return home).
- ALS, 22 Jan. 1862, Camp near Fredericksburg, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (expecting to leave camp at any time, destination unknown, and noting the prevalence of smallpox in several of the brigades).
- ALS, 23 Feb. 1863, Camp near Chester Station, Va., H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (reporting his location near Chester Station, halfway between Petersburg and Richmond, mentioning his transfer back to Pickett's division, and commenting on the recent snow, eight to ten inches deep, and lack of tents in camp).
- ALS, 5 Mar. 1863, Camp near Petersburg, Va., H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (mentioning preparations for a more permanent camp, and speculating on his chances for a winter furlough—"I hope to get home this yeare if I am Spared on furlough if the war continues when we may be married if its consistant with your feelings").
- ALS, 16 Mar. 1863, Camp near Franklin, Va., H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (explaining that he was quartered in town in an abandoned house since most of the citizens had fled due to gunboat shelling, noting that Micah Jenkins had been appointed acting Major General and was in command of the entire picket line, and complaining that "Jenkins has not altogether treated his men as he Should Since he has beene promoted to Brigadier").
- ALS, 27 Mar. 1863, Franklin Station, [Va.], H.C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (mentioning the fine quarters in town, fearing that an outbreak of billious fever might occur if they remained in town over the summer, commenting on the pleasure of leisurely rides on the river in captured boats, reporting the arrival of George O'Farrell, and teasing Ellen about her romance with a widower named Deviney).
- ALS, 5 Apr. 1863, Franklin, Va., Henry C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (discussing picket duty, work on fortifications, and leisure time activities).
- ALS, 7 May 1863, Franklin, Va., Henry C. Conner, to Ellen [O'Leary, Yorkville] (reporting that Confederate troops had abandoned the town and moved in the direction of Suffolk, and alluding to the victory at Fredericksburg, but confessing little knowledge of exact details of the battle).
Accession numbers: 9574, 9639, 9805
Preferred citation: Henry Calvin Conner Papers, South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina.
Referenced: University South Caroliniana Society Program, 1983, pp. 13-14; 1984, pp. 18-19. [available in Manuscripts Division]