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Callaghen, Patrick


Age: 20, credited to Rutland, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, Pvt, Co. G, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; enl 9/19/61, m/i 11/19/61, Blacksmith, Co. H, 1st VT CAV, reen 12/26/63, tr to Co. B 6/21/65, m/o 8/9/65, Brattleboro

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Birth: abt 1840, Vermont
Death: 01/31/1917

Burial: St. Bridgets Cemetery, West Rutland, VT
Marker/Plot: Not Recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer:
Findagrave Memorial #: 10165744


Alias?: Colligan, Patrick; Calligan, Patrick
Pension?: Yes, 6/29/1889, VT; widow Mary S., 8/2/1919, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: Aka Patrick Colligan


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St. Bridgets Cemetery, West Rutland, VT

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Patrick Callagnan [Colligan]

Patrick Colligan,[1] son of Bernard and Rose (Reilly) Colligan,[2] was born in Ireland about 1840.[3] He immigrated to the United States in 1855.[4] By 1860, he was employed as a blacksmith in Rutland, VT where he lived with Daniel Conway, a blacksmith, and his family.[5] In 1861, Patrick join the Union cause in the Civil War. He joined for duty and enrolled on 2 May 1861 at Rutland for a period of three months.[6] He mustered in as a private in Company G, First Regiment of the Vermont Infantry on 9 May 1861. After his three months of duty were completed, he was mustered out of the military on 15 Aug 1861 at Brattleboro, VT. He returned to Rutland and voluntarily re-enlisted there on 19 Sep 1861. By November, he was in Burlington, VT where he was mustered into Captain Perkins' Company, First Regiment of Vermont Calvary. This time he held the rank of blacksmith, and maintained this rank throughout the rest of his military service. Subsequent to Patrick's joining Captain Perkins' Company, the name of the company was changed to "H" Company. Soon after Patrick joined the cavalry, his company left Vermont and joined other Union military units who were fighting the Confederate forces in Virginia. In September 1862, the Vermont Calvary was engaged in action near Arlington Heights, VA. While participating in the line of duty there, Patrick contracted malaria and asthma.[7] As a result, he was hospitalized for about six weeks in the field hospital at Arlington Heights. After he left the hospital he was present for every monthly company muster roll through December 1863. In that month, his three year enlistment was over, so he was mustered out at Stevensburg, VA. However, on 26 Dec 1863, Patrick re-enlisted in Company "H" at Stevensburg as a Veteran Volunteer. He mustered on 1 Jan 1864. Once again, the muster rolls show that Patrick was always present for duty throughout 1864 and into 1865. However, the company muster roll for May and June that year reveals that Patrick was sick and hospitalized at Burlington, VT. On 9 Aug 1865, he was discharged from the Army at Burlington.

During the Civil War, Patrick had a pet dog, "Mike." "Mike" sat on the seat of a Union ammunition wagon, when the "Rebs" shot the horses. "Mike" sustained a shattered front leg, but survived and made many other trips between the two lines of soldiers. He survived the war, and came hobbling home to West Rutland and lived out his life as a hero![8]

After his departure from the Army, Patrick headed out West. By 1869, he was in Missouri. There, in the town of Rolla on 10 Sep 1869,[9] the 5'7," dark complexioned, black haired, gray-eyed Irishman married Mary Ann Saltsman. The Rev. Mr. W.P. Renick, Minister of the Gospel from St. James, Missouri, officiated at the wedding. Patrick's marriage certificate records his name as "Peter." He used the name "Peter" because that is what his friends him. Therefore he frequently used that name. Mary Saltsman's name on the marriage certificate appears a "Mary A. Gilmore." She used that name because "Gilmore" had been the surname of her previous husband.

Mary Ann Saltsman was born on 4 Jul 1840 at or near Senecaville, OH. Sometime during the mid 1860s, she married Samuel J. Gilmore.[10] However, on 29 Nov 1867, she filed for divorce from Gilmore at the Circuit Court in Rolla, Phelps, Co., Missouri. By 23 Mar 1868, she was granted her divorce.[11]

Within the year after their marriage, Patrick and Mary Ann returned to Vermont and settled in West Rutland.[12] There, Patrick resumed his blacksmith profession and raised a family. He and Mary had seven children. The asthma and malaria that Patrick contracted affected him throughout the rest of his life. By 1908, he was incapable of working anymore.[13] Nine years later, Patrick passed away at his home on Marble St. in West Rutland on 31 Jan 1917.[14]

After Patrick died, Mary Ann went to live at Schenectady, NY, probably with her son Robert or Charles. Around Mar 1924, she was hospitalized at Utica, NY. She died there on 30 Aug 1924. Her body was returned to West Rutland where she was buried next to her husband on 2 Sep 1924.[15] Both are buried in unmarked graves in St. Bridget's Cemetery in West Rutland.[16] Children: [17]

(COLLIGAN surname)

William H., b. 31 Aug 1870, unmarried, d. West Rutland, VT 28 May 1919.

Mary Elizabeth, b. 23 Dec 1872, unmarried, d. West Rutland, VT 27 Apr 1901.

Ann, b. 21 Sep 1874, unmarried, d. West Rutland, VT 31 Dec 1905.

Charles, b. 12 Sep 1876.

George E., b. 13 Dec 1878, m. Margaret McLaughlin.

Francis, b. 14 Jul 1881, d. 24 Nov 1881.

Robert P., b. 5 Nov 1883.

Contributed by William J. Powers, Jr., Lake Dunmore, VT.,


1. Patrick Colligan's last name is recorded under the many following variations:

Calaghan Callighan

Calighan Callogdhen

Callaghan *Colligan

Callaghen Colloghden

Calleghen Colloghen

* The spelling variation of "Colligan" has been used throughout the text because that is the accepted varation used by his descendants.

2. Patrick Colligan Death Certificate, West Rutland, VT, book 11, page 185.

3. The birth date is an approximation. Many records show numerous variations of his age. All records point to around 1840.

4. Census, 1900, VT, Rutland Co., West Rutland Town, page 167.

5. Census, 1860, VT, Rutland Co., Rutland Town, page 216.

6. Census, 1890, Special Schedule - Surviving Soldiers, Sailors, and Mariens, and Widows, etc., VT, Rutland Co., West Rutland, page 4. Also, Civil War muster rolls, National Archives, Washington, DC. Patrick Callaghan.

7. Civil War Pension Record, Patrick Callaghan, Certificate # 549 310, National Archives, Washington, DC.

8. Letter - 12 March 1969 from Ruth Butler, 170 Lincoln Ave., Rutland, VT to William Powers.

9. Missouri, Phelps Co., Rolla Town, Marriage Record Number 1, page 87.

10. 10 Civil War Pension Record, Patrick Callaghan, Certificate # 549 310, National Archives, Washington, DC.

11. 11 Divorce Records, Circuit Court of Phelps County, Rolla, Missouri.

12. 12 Census, 1880, VT, Rutland Co., Rutland Town, page 45.

13. 13 Civil War Pension Record, Patrick Callaghan, Certificate # 549 310, National Archives, Washington, DC.

14. Death Certificate - Patrick Colligan. West Rutland, VT Town Clerk, book 11, page 185.

15. Certificate of Death, number 149, Utica State Hospital, Utica, NY dated 30 Aug 1924. Also, Trasit Permit for Mary Colligan, Register Number 1588, filed at West Rutland, VT, Town Clerk's Office, book 15, page 69.

16. Personal knowledge of Vincent Colligan, grandson of Patrick Colligan.

17. Vital Records, Rutland and West Rutland Clerks' Office.