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Edward Callahan O'Kelley (b. June 24, 1837, d. September 17, 1864)Edward Callahan O'Kelley (son of William O'Kelley and Nancy Chastain) was born June 24, 1837, and died September 17, 1864 in Lumpkin County, Georgia, USA.
Notes for Edward Callahan O'Kelley:
O'KELLEY, EDWARD CALLAHAN
Company D, 1st Regiment, Georgia State Line, Civil War
He was private from Hall County, and a double first cousin to Frank and Ed O'Kelley (their fathers were brothers and their mothers were twin sisters). He was born June 24, 1837.
Edward C. O'Kelley's military career began as a private in Company G, 24th Georgia Infantry Regiment. He enlisted for the duration of the war on July 24, 1861, in White County. When the 24th was in Virginia, O'Kelley took sick and went to Richmond Hospital #20, October 31, 1862. The rest of his extant records relate to his stay in various hospitals, and he left the 24th Regiment with or without authorization--there were no further records. He went home. Later Confederate Conscription Officers asked about his not being in service, so he sought out the Georgia State Line.
E. C. O'Kelley enlisted November 17, 1863, at Camp Wayne. For his second muster he was "Absent without leave," and then "AWOL and dismissed" on May 16, 1864. He was not with his cousins in the group that left on the night of March 14. He was more radical--he left in February and joined the Yankees.
Private O'Kelley mustered in the 10th Tennessee Cavalry, a Union regiment, at Nashville. Frequently, he returned to his home community to recruit for the Federals. Confederates killed him in Lumpkin County, September 15, 1864, when he was recruiting.
Sources: Company D Muster Rolls, Georgia Department of Archives and History; Adjutant Generals Special Order #70, May 16, 1864, Georgia Department of Archives and History; Service Records, Company G, 10th Tennessee Cavalry, National Archives; and Four Families Through Georgia, Harold E. O'Kelley.
More About Edward Callahan O'Kelley:
Burial: Unknown, Lumpkin County, Georgia, USA.
Individual Note 1: Deserted from GA State Line.
Individual Note 2: Joined the U.S. Army as Pri, TN Cavalry.
Individual Note 3: While on recruiting trip, Confederates killed him in Lumpkin County..
Military service: Civil War, Private, 1st Reg., GA State Line.