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CLAFFEE, LIEUT. PATRICK T, born in Kings County, Ireland, March 13, 1832; son of Thomas and Ellen Claffee. He was brought to this country at the age of five years. He enlisted into the Ninth, Sept. 9, T86I, and was mustered, Nov. 1; was sergeant-major of the regiment; was promoted to be second lieutenant of Company C, Feb. 25, 1862; was promoted to be first lieutenant of the same company, May 18, 1862; died at New Orleans, La., Oct. 2, 1862. His body was brought home to the residence of his parents in Waterbury, and was given a military funeral.

From Murray’s History (Page 110):  “From this place the regiment went to a point on the Mississippi river opposite Vicksburg, and on June 25th was put to work, with other regiments, in cutting the famous canal which was expected to isolate Vicksburg by diverting the river away from its wharves and rendering them unapproachable to shipping. During the continuance of this work, a force of twenty picked men, under Capt. Healy and Lieutenant Patrick T. Claffee, [both of Co. C], was crossed over the river under cover of darkness, and remained in the swamp under the guns of Vicksburg for eight days. The work was finally abandoned as not feasible, though not until the Ninth had suffered severe loss from the terrible exposure of the men."

An added comment from Murray’s History of the Ninth Regiment CV (page 152):
“As will be seen from the foregoing list, the Ninth lost three lieutenants, by death, in 1862, namely: Lieut. Frederick M. Fairchild, of Company K, who died July 21; Lieut. Henry McKenna, of Company C, Sept. 24; and Lieut. Patrick T. Claffee, of Company C, Oct. 5. Lieut. Claffee was of Waterbury. His body was brought home and was honored with a military funeral, a great concourse following the remains to the place of interment,— St. Joseph's cemetery. The body of Lieut. McKenna was brought home to New Haven and also interred with impressive exercises.”

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