Patrick was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, in 1842, the son of Michael and Ann Carroll. He arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, in August of 1849, presumably with his family, as his youngest brother Thomas was born in Mass. about 1850. Patrick was living in Malden, Mass., in 1860, with his father and 3 younger siblings.
When he was 21 years old, Patrick enlisted to serve in the Civil War. He mustered in as a Private in Company C of the Massachusetts 26th Infantry on October 23, 1861. He was also attached to Company H at some point. He was discharged in Savannah, Georgia, on August 26, 1865.
After the war, he returned to Massachusetts. He married in 1869 to Mary Feely, daughter of James and Margaret. He became a citizen of the United States in 1876, taking the oath of citizenship on October 2 of that year.
He was admitted to the Soldier’s Home in Togus, Maine, in August, 1896. He was described as being 55 years old with blue eyes and gray hair. He was single (death record later says widowed) and a member of the Roman Catholic faith. He is also noted as having lived in New York after the war. His closest relative was listed as John Dowd of Malden, Mass.
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