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Corporal Michael Coen COEN, CORPORAL MICHAEL P., born in Ireland, 1843 5 son of Michael and Catherine (McCaffrey) Coen; located in Waterbury, Ct., with his parents, 1849, and was educated there. When Fort Sumter was fired upon, the Rev. Thomas F. Hendricken, then pastor of the Immaculate Conception church, Waterbury, in a patriotic address called a meeting of the young men of the parish in the basement of the church, at which meeting a company for three months was organized with the principal of the school as captain and Mr. Coen as a corporal, and its service tendered Gov. Buckingham.

As the short time regiments were full, the company "Waited several weeks and was then mustered as Company F into the Ninth Connecticut. Mr. Coen was the youngest member of Company F. His father died while a member of the Twentieth Connecticut regiment and an elder brother, John P. Coen, was killed while a member of Company F of the Ninth. Mr. Coen, the subject of this sketch, also saw nine months' service in the United States Signal Corps to which men of a high grade were transferred. Both Michael P., and John P. Coen, the brothers, were corporals in the Ninth.

After four years' service Michael P. returned to Waterbury and soon became interested in the Fenian movement, being the chief mustering officer of Connecticut. Waterbury played an important part in furnishing men and money for the invasion of Canada, being the state military headquarters with Major Bannon commanding and Judge A. H. Fenn, aide on the staff of Gen. Sweeney. Mr. Coen is now one of the prominent residents and business men of Naugatuck, Ct. He is a public spirited citizen, active in all measures for the general welfare, and is very highly esteemed. His connection with the G. A. R. is a most honorable one. Corporal Michael Coen

He has served as aide on the staff of the department Commander and also as aide on the staff of Commander-in-chief Veazey. He was a delegate from Connecticut to the National encampment and a visitor to the soldiers' home at Noroton. "As a citizen and business man," states a writer, "Mr. Coen has taken a high rank in Naugatuck; being connected with many of its public enterprises, a section of the borough and a street being named after him. He is an active member of St. Francis' church, aiding it materially, having purchased the location of the present church and new cemetery. His entire time is now given to managing the affairs of the Salem Spring Ice Company, of which he is the principal owner." He was married at Naugatuck, Ct., in 1866, to Catherine Mulvey. Corporal John P. Coen, Michael's brother, was accidentally killed by the cars on the New Orleans & Jackson railroad, May 27, 1863, while serving in the Department of the Gulf. He had been a teacher in a National School, at Mount Rath, Queen's County, Ireland.

Added information from Murray’s History (Page 414): “The soldier's statue on the Ninth's monument in Bay View park, New Haven, was posed for by Michael P. Coen of Naugatuck, Ct., a veteran of the regiment. The New Haven Leader states that "M. P. Coen, who was secretary and treasurer of the Ninth Regiment Monu¬ment Committee, was the man unanimously chosen to pose for the sculptor who carved the figure which was placed on the monument. Mr. Coen is one of the best known members of the regiment and has always taken a deep interest in it. He has been prominent in bringing about the plans and the idea of the celebration of the dedication of the monument. It was only after earnest solicitation on the part of the members of the regiment that Mr. Coen consented to allow his figure to represent the ideal soldier and to be used as a model for the figure to be put on the monument. Mr. Coen resides in Naugatuck, having extensive business enterprises in that place. He came down to the celebration yesterday and brought with him one of the largest delegations to reach this city, despite the rain."

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