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The Life and Times of Wesley Olin Connor

photograph of Wesley Olin Connor


"For a pillow I used a stick of wood, softened with an old pair of shoes,
and strange to say, slept very comfortably."
- Wesley Olin Connor diary
Cumberland Gap
February 28, 1862

Wesley Olin Connor was mustered into the Confederate States Service at Big Shanty, Cobb County, June 11, 1861. He participated in the following engagements:

Cumberland GapTazewell, Tennessee
Warrenton, MississippiBaker's Creek
Seige of VicksburgLookout-Point
Missionary RidgeRocky Face
ResacaNew Hope Church
Franklin, TennesseeColumbia, Tennessee
NashvilleSalisbury, North Carolina

He was wounded at Resaca and hospitalized for six weeks in Macon, Georgia. Wesley Olin Connor was captured at Vicksburg, Mississippi July 4, 1863 and paroled. Again, captured at Salisbury, North Carolina, April 13, 1865 and was confined in prison at Camp Chase near Columbus, Ohio for about six-weeks in April, May, and June 1865. He was released June 13, 1865 in taking the oath of allegiance to United States government. After the War, Connor returned to Cave Springs, Georgia and helped his sister who had lost her husband in the war. In 1867, he was elected Principal of the Georgia School for the Deaf where he remained a beloved educator for the next 49 years.


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