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J.W. Connell enlisted December 15, 1862 at Savannah with Capt. Russell. Pvt. Connell served in the 21st Battalion, Georgia Cavalry. Co. A until, through consolidation of units, he was transferred to Co. A, 7th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry.

Pvt. Connell was captured June 11, 1864 near Trevillian Station, Va. He was sent to Fortress Monroe June 20th and on July 25th he was transferred to Elmira Prison, N.Y.

As many of the men who were in Elmira, Pvt. J.W. Connell died. The cause was listed as variola. He was buried in grave # 2093.

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