Friday, November 4, 2011

Connecticut Hero: Medal of Honor Winner, Christopher Flynn

Born in Ireland in 1828, Christopher Flynn enlisted in 14th Connecticut Infantry, Company K during the Civil War. Flynn was awarded the medal of honor for his actions during the Battle of Gettysburg. He captured the battle flag of the 52nd North Carolina at great risk to himself.


After the war, Flynn returned to Connecticut and worked in a cotton mill. He and his wife Catherine had eight children: John (b. 1859), James (b. 1861), Ann Jane (b. 1863), Joseph (b. 1864), Catherine (b. 1865), Sarah (b. 1869), Mary (b. 1872) and Thomas (b. He died in 1889 in Sprague, Connecticut.


Information drawn from the following sites:
"Christopher Flynn," FindAGrave (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7766183: accessed 4 November 2011).
Charles Hanna, Gettysburg Medal of Honor Recipients (Springville, UT: Ceder Fort, Inc, 2010); digital images, GoogleBooks (http://books.google.com: 4 November 2011), 173.
Ancestry.com, Connecticut, Deaths and Burials Index, 1650-1934, database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 4 Nocember 2011), entry for Christopher J. Flynn.
1880 U.S. census, New London County, Connecticut, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 110, Sprague, p. 49 (penned), dwelling 179, family 296, Christopher Flynn; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 4 November 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 108.

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