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MULLEN, CHAPLAIN DANIEL, born in Bally-mena, County Antrim, Ireland, 1837; died in Hartford, Ct., 1878. He attended school in his native town, and came to the United States at the age of 17 years. He entered St. Charles College, Maryland, where he continued his studies. In 1859, he was ordained to the priesthood. He became a curate at St. Peter's church, Hartford, and later in Waterbury, Ct., where he was assistant to the Rev. Thomas F. Hendricken, who was afterwards bishop of the diocese of Providence, R. I. Father Mullen was made pastor of St. Joseph's, Winsted, Ct., in i860.

Actuated by a patriotic spirit, he was devoted to the preservation of the Union, and was made chaplain of the Ninth. He enlisted as such, Nov. 17, 1861, and was greatly esteemed by the regiment. It is recalled that while the Ninth was at Baton Rouge, La., in June, 1862, Chaplain Mullen distributed copies of The Soldier's Manual, or prayer book, to officers and men. The work contained spiritual instructions for soldiers. The Annals of Winchester, Ct., state that "Father Mullen was a man of literary culture and earnest patriotism." Owing to ill-health contracted in the service, he was obliged to resign the chaplaincy of the regiment, Aug. 26, 1862, and was succeeded as chaplain by the Rev. Father Leo (Rizzo) da Saracena, O.S.F. Upon improving in health after his return from the front, Father Mullen had charge of the Catholic church at Valley Falls, R. I. He subsequently became, in 1868, pastor at Norwich, Ct. His obsequies took place in St. Patrick's church, Hartford, the celebrant of the Mass being the Very Rev. James Hughes. The eulogy was delivered by Bishop O'Reilly of Springfield, Mass., and the absolution was pronounced by Bishop Galberry, of Hartford.
On page 40 Murray’s History provides: “Previous to its departure from New Haven, in 1861, the regiment used to attend Mass, on Sunday, at St. John's church, and on at least one occasion, Mass was celebrated in Camp Welch by the Rev. John Smith of the church just mentioned. On Nov. 17, 1861, the Rev. Daniel Mullen, of Winchester (Winsted), enlisted into the regiment as chaplain of the latter, and remained with it until late in August, 1862, when poor health compelled him to resign.”
An added note from Murray’s History (Page 75) tells of the action off Mississippi City prior to the attack at Pass Christian, MS : “About 4 a. m., April 4, while the Lewis was still at anchor, the three rebel gunboats Pamlico, Oregon and Carondelet, having stolen down in the darkness, made a furious attack upon her. At the time the attack opened, Col. Cahill of the Ninth was aboard one of the Federal gunboats arranging a plan for the contemplated movement against Pass Christian. He was advised to hurry to the Henry Lewis and "run her into shoal water so that when she sunk, the men could get ashore. He started at once, and returned in an open boat through the midst of the fire. A rebel gunboat was plying savagely, with shot and shell, the crowded transport. Several shots took effect. One passed through the wheelhouse; one crashed through the cabin, turning Father Mullen, the chaplain, suddenly out of his berth. * * *”






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