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Nathaniel Connally


The 1850 Census listed this man as: Nathan E. L. E. Connally, age 17. It is unlikely that anyone knows what all of those initials stood for. Some of his military records listed him as Nathan Edwin Connally.

His father, Thomas Connally, had been born in Tennessee. His mother and all of her children were born in Georgia. The family was living in Murray County in 1840 but that Census listed only the heads of each household by name.

In 1850 the family was listed as: Thomas Connally, age 45; Mary Connally, age 43; Jones Connally, age 24; Diran Connally, age 18; Nathan E. L. E. Connally, age 17; John W. Connallty age 15; James Connally, age 11; Thomas G. Connally, age 9; Charles P. Connally, age 6; and Margaret J. Connally, age 2.

Since there were so many Connally men with ordinary names, Thomas used the nickname "Cushi" Connally. Nobody else in the county was known by that name!

Nathan apparently never married because the 1860 Census listed him at age 27, still living at home.

Some of the Confederate Army records listed him as N. E. Connally, some as Nathan Edwin Connally (as mentioned earlier). He enlisted as a Private in Company D, 22nd Georgia Brigade, Wrights, September 3, 1861.

His unit participated in military engagements at Seven Pines, Virginia, May 31-June 1, 1862; Malvern Hill, Virginia, July 1, 1862; Manassas (2nd Bull Run), Virginia, August 18-30, 1862; Sharpsburg (also called Antietam), Maryland, September 17, 1862 (note that this battle has often been called the bloodiest day of the Civil War); Fredericksburg, Virginia, December 11-15, 1862; and Chancellorsville, Virginia, May 1-3, 1863. Pvt. Connally was killed in fighting at Chancellorsville, May 3, 1863.

 



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