Connor, Patrick Edward

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Title Connor, Patrick Edward
Collection Mss C 239; Peoples of Utah Photograph Collection
Identifier 39222001344949.tif
Photo Number P. 5, Box 9
Creator Carter, C. W.
Publisher Digitized by J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
Subject Ethnic groups--Utah; Irish--Utah
Person Connor, Patrick Edward
Other Subject Soldiers
Description Connor, Patrick Edward. Born in Kerry, Ireland in 1820. Patrick Edward Connor was a soldier, building contractor, mining entrepreneur, and political leader. He left Killarney for New York City at the age of twelve. Patrick E. O'Connor enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of eighteen. When the Civil War started, Connor volunteered for service in the Union army and was appointed Colonel of the Third California Infantry with instructions to guard and secure the overland mail route across the West. In October 1862 he moved his command to Salt Lake City, where he founded Camp Douglas and at once engaged in an acrimonious and bitter cold war with Brigham Young and the Mormon people, whom he accused of being disloyal and immoral. Connor won a brigadier general's star for his destruction of 250 northwestern Shoshone at Bear River near Franklin, Idaho, on 29 January 1863. In the spring of 1865, he was named commander of the District of the Plains and placed in charge of the Powder River Expedition, whose goal was to pursue and punish the Sioux, Arapaho, and Cheyenne Indians in what is today Wyoming. The expedition was unsuccessful except for a band of Arapaho Connor defeated at Tongue River on 29 August 1865. Connor then returned to the military District of Utah where he was discharged as a Brevet Major-General in the spring of 1866. Connor is remembered as the founder of the "Liberal Party" in Utah and as the "Father of Utah Mining." Connor also established the first daily newspaper in Utah, "The Daily Union Vedette." See: Fred B. Rogers, "Soldiers of the Overland" (1938) and Brigham D. Madsen, "Glory Hunter: A Biography of Patrick Edward Connor" (1990).
Comment Used in "The Peoples of Utah" (1976)
Rights Management Digital Image (c) 2008 Utah State Historical Society. All Rights Reserved.
Holding Institution Utah State Historical Society
Relation Peoples of Utah Photograph Collection, 1975-1977
Source Format Print Photograph
Source Size 4.5 inches x 6.5 inches
Collection Compiler Helen Papanikolas was the collector and donor of the entire Peoples of Utah Photograph Collection, as well as the editor of a book with the same title.
Type Image
Format image/jpeg
Format Creation Original scanned on Epson Expression 10000 XL and saved as 400 ppi TIFF. Display image generated in CONTENTdm as JP2000 pixels on the long axis. Archival resolution: 1732 x 2525
Scanned By Louise Radcliffe
Collection Information
ARK ark:/87278/s61n7zz5
Setname dha_pu
Date Created 2008-09-05
Date Modified 2008-10-09
ID 508688
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