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Colonel Thomas W. Cahill

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Col Thomas W. Cahill was born Aug 12, 1826, son of Lawrence and Mary (Young) Cahill in Charlestown, Mass. He moved to New Haven Connecticut and became Colonel of the 9th Connecticut Irish regiment during the Civil War. Upon the death of General Williams during the battle of Baton Rogue Col. Cahill assumed the initial command of the troops including the Fourth Wisconsin, Twenty-first Indiana, the Second and Sixth Massachusetts batteries, supported by the Fourteenth Maine, Seventh Vermont, Sixth Michigan, Thirteenth Massachusetts and Ninth Connecticut Regiments.

Colonel Thomas W. Cahill He ordered a pullback of 200 yards to a more defensible line where Union gunboats covered their flanks and inflicted heavy losses on Confederate attacks. The Confederate forces were commanded by Major Gen. John C. Breckenridge, former vice president of the United States from Kentucky. Having repulsed the Confederates the troops began an evacuation from the city on August 18 as ordered by Gen Butler. Union forces had suffered 84 killed and 374 wounded.

After the war Cahill superintended several sewer systems in New Haven and Norwich.

He was also elected to the Board of Education and the Board of Road and Street Commissioners. He died in August 1869. His wife died the following year leaving 5 orphaned children.

At the Ninth’s wreath laying ceremony in New Haven on November of 2005 two descendants of Col Cahill attended. One was Charles Sibley of Hamden and the other was Carol Welch Russell of Fairfield.

Colonel Thomas W. Cahill

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Mus Charles Andre
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Col Thomas W. Cahill
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