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QUIGLEY, Daniel O'Connell

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QUIGLEY, Daniel O'Connell. (St. Louis, Missouri, Mar. 16, 1830--Dubuque, IA, Nov. 12, 1871). Daniel was the second son of Patrick QUIGLEY and his wife Catherine. The family moved to Galena three years later and then Dubuque. Patrick Quigley was very patriotic. He named one son Patrick Henry Quigley and a second Andrew Jackson Quigley. Daniel was named for Daniel O'Connell, "The Liberator," who led the fight to obtain political rights for Roman Catholics in Ireland in the early 19th century.

In 1857 Daniel and his wife Alice were living with their newborn daughter, Katie R., on Grandview. He was working for B. P. POWERS AND COMPANY, a business in commissions and forwarding. Shortly after the start of the CIVIL WAR, Daniel chose to leave his family and fight for the Confederacy. Charles Scott Dodge JONES wrote a letter of introduction to Captain S. E. Hunter, Hunter's Rifles, Clinton, Louisiana on July 1, 1861.

         Dear Hunter,--By this I introduce to you my friend, Daniel O'Connell
         Quigley, of this town, and bespeak your kindness and attention toward
         him.  I believe he will prove himself worthy of your friendship. With
         every wish for your prosperity and happiness, Your friend Charles D.

Unfortunately for Jones, the letter was discovered on the battlefield of Shiloh, and Franc WILKIE, a correspondent, sent the letter to the New York Times. Upon its publication, Jones left Dubuque quickly for the South looking for Jefferson DAVIS and a job for himself in the Confederacy.

Quigley never made it to Louisiana. He enlisted for one year in Memphis, Tennessee on July 1, 1861 with Company B of the 1st Regiment Missouri Volunteers. He was paid eleven dollars per month. The regiment was the first Missouri unit of any type to enter the Confederate service. The regiment entered military service on June 22, 1861 at Camp Calhoun near Memphis. Although unarmed, the First Missouri Infantry drilled using whistles to signal maneuvers rather than bugles. The First provided security after the loss at Fort Donelson, Tennessee and carried out the task of destroying any property valuable to the Union as the South abandoned the city.

The First Missouri experienced its first fighting at the Battle of Shiloh on April 6-7, 1862. The troops helped drive Union forces to Pittsburg Landing and led to the surrender of thousands of Union troops--some of which came from Dubuque. The regiment also played a critical role on the second day of battle capturing Union artillery. The First Missouri remained in Corinth until the Confederates moved to Camp Price near Vicksburg. Quigley was discharged at Camp Price on July 21, 1862 by reason of disability. He received a forty dollar (unused) clothing allowance.

It is not believed that Quigley returned to Dubuque and his whereabouts after his discharge are unknown. It is not known if he returned for his father's funeral in August, 1865. When his daughter died on March 15,1870 at the "Sisters' Academy" in Dubuque, his attendance was not noted.

When Daniel died at his mother's home at the corner of 4th and Bluff in Dubuque, his obituary read that he had returned to Dubuque from Montana the previous year.



1. Seymour, Ron. "Daniel O'Connell Quigley," Online: http://iagenweb.org/dubuque/military/Rebel_Quigley.htm