(1844-1937) Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He served with distinction as an infantryman during the Civil War. Connell was awarded the Medal Of Honor in 1865 for heroism and leadership resulting in the capture of a key Confederate flag and assets during the battle at Sailor’s Creek, Virginia. A Western and Arizona pioneer, during the 1880’s, he was placed in charge of Indian territory, and all Wells Fargo Company business in Indian territory. The Connell family relocated to Phoenix in 1898. After statehood, Connell was employed by the American Railway Express Company, until his retirement in 1925. He maintained close ties to the State’s military establishment and at the time of his demise, was the only Arizonan reportedly wearing the Congressional Medal of Honor.
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