About John Kerr Connally
John Kerr Connally was born on September 3, 1839, in Jackson, Tennessee, and attended the U. S. Naval Academy. He lived in Yadkin County, North Carolina when the war started. Connally was elected captain of Company B, 21st North Carolina on May 12, 1861. Promoted to colonel of the 55th North Carolina on May 19, 1862, Connally led his regiment at Gettysburg, where he was wounded, and later captured. He was wounded at Cold Harbor and in September 1864. Connally resigned his commission on March 7, 1865. After the war, Connally worked as a lawyer in Texas, and served in the Virginia state legislature.