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From Murray’s 1903 “History of the Ninth Regiment”:
O'BRIEN, CAPT. LAWRENCE, born in Cahir, County Tipperary, Ireland, April 7, 1842; son of Edward and Elizabeth (Hammel) O'Brien. When ten years of age, he was brought to this country by his parents. They finally settled in New Haven, Ct., where Lawrence attended St. Patrick's parochial school. He learned the trade of bricklayer and was employed thereat when the Civil War broke out. He had long been interested in military matters and was an active member of the Emmet Guard, of New Haven.
He enlisted in the Ninth regiment Aug. 30, 1861, assisted Capt. Patrick Garvey in organizing Company B, and was commissioned first lieutenant of the company. He was a splendid officer, and was promoted captain of Company D, Oct. 15, 1862. He participated with his regiment in all the movements of the latter, and possessed rare tact, judgment and ability. He was honorably discharged Oct. 26, 1864, his term of service having expired. He was prominently identified with the Fenian movement and in 1867, went to Ireland, like many other gallant Union officers, in furtherance of the cause of Irish freedom.
He was captured by the enemy, confined in Clonmel prison and, later, astonished the British by escaping therefrom. The Croffut-Morris work speaks of Capt. O'Brien as "a brave and efficient officer, and fertile in expedients." He was married in Norwich, Ct., Feb., 1869, to Catherine Devine, a native of that place. They had six children. Mrs. O'Brien died in 1890.  

Murray’s History (Page 38) added further: “In the Palladium, Oct. 28, 1861, is a paragraph stating that "Lieut. Lawrence O'Brien, of the 9th Regiment, C. V., was presented with a sword, sash, belt, etc., by the Sodality of the B. V. M., a society connected with St. Patricks.”
O’Brien died January 1, 1923 and was buried at Saint Bernards Cemetery, New Haven (AE 82).
Descendants include Carole and Alison Brown as well as added family from Georgia.

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