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The following are stories/information/photographs/family connections about some of the men of the Ninth.

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Capt Lawrence O'Brien


Captain Lawrence O’Brien
Born in County Tipperary on April 7, 1842, he was the son of Edward and Elizabeth (Hammel) O’Brien. He came to this country at age 10, attended St Patrick parochial school, learned the trade of a bricklayer and was an active member of the Emmet Guard. He enlisted on Aug 30, 1861 and was promoted to Captain on October 15, 1862. After the war he identified with the Fenian movement, went to Ireland where he was captured and confined in Clonmel Prison. To everyone’s surprise he managed to escape. He was married in Norwich, CT in Feb., 1869 to Catherine Devine and had a family of six children.
Captain Lawrence O’Brien wrote about the Ninth’s conditions at the Canal area, “We could not give funeral escort to the dead; the few who were able to do guard and picket duty could not attend to any extra duty … Notwithstanding the great amount of sickness prevailing (General Thomas Williams ) ordered the brigade to parade every day in marching order with knapsacks packed. I saw men drop out of line exhausted and when we returned many of them would be dead. …. The drill and parading was done with the thermometer registered 110 to 115 in the shade.”

 
Pvt Albert Andrews
Cpl Michael Coen
Lt John Curtis
Capt Thomas Coates
Lt Col Richard FitzGibbon
Capt Patrick Garvey
Lt William Gleeson
Capt James Graham
Lt Col John G Healy
Capt James Hennessey
Lt. Joseph Lawlor
Pvt John Marlow
Capt Michael McCarten
Sgt James T. Mullen
Capt Lawrence O'Brien
Lt William O'Keefe
Sgt Phillip Reilley
Lt Christian Streit

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