Captain Joseph E. Brown Connally Papers
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Captain Joseph E. Brown Connally Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Connally, Joseph E. Brown, 1875-1920
Title: Captain Joseph E. Brown Connally Papers
Dates: 1897-1921
Quantity: 22.0 items
Identification: ahc.MSS71F

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph Brown Connally (1875-1920) was born to Dr. E. L. and Mary Virginia Brown Connally on December 17, 1875. He attended Emory College from 1891 to 1894 and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1896. He was associated with Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company and then went into the automobile business with E. H. Inman. In 1915, he became general manager of Connally Realty Company. He directed the construction of the Connally Building, an office building located at the corner of Alabama and Whitehall Streets, and he was owner of the Connally Barber Shop. In 1917, he completed officers training camp at Fort McPherson and received a commission as Captain. He was assigned to Camp Gordon and took command of the 325th Infantry, 163rd Brigade, 82nd Division. He became the regimental unit supply officer. In October 1918, he was severely gassed in the Argonne Forest offensive. He was hospitalized for his injuries and later released. In December 1918, he was appointed regimental intelligence officer and continued in this capacity until April 1919. Afterwards, he returned to Atlanta where he was once again hospitalized for the injuries he had received. He died at Fort McPherson Hospital on August 26, 1920 and was buried at Oakland Cemetery.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of newspaper clippings, letters, notes and other ephemera pertaining to the life and death of Joseph Brown Connally. The collection includes a letter notifying Connally of his election to the Governor’s Horse Guard in 1897, his commission certificate from the Georgia State Troops in 1902, special orders from the National Guard in 1913 and from Fort McPherson in 1917. It also contains notes and poems written about the life of Joseph Brown Connally, after his death in 1920. Specifically, there is a publication by Henry Alford Porter, titled The Divinity of Duty, which contains poems and reprints from the Atlanta Journal Constitution compiled in memorandum. In addition, there are newspaper clippings on a memorial made to him by his parents at the Georgia Baptist Hospital and Nurses Home.

Index Terms

Connally, Joseph E. Brown, 1875-1920
United States--Armed Forces--Officers
World War, 1914-1918--Georgia--Atlanta

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[identification of item(s)], Captain Joseph E. Brown Connally Papers, MSS 71F, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information


Processing Information

Collection reprocessed in 2008


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.