|Birth: ||1825, Ireland|
|Death: ||Feb. 3, 1883|
Michael Sullivan was born in either Ireland or England, and stories that have been passed down from generation to generation suggest that he came to America at an early age and may have even been a stowaway on an immigrant ship to America as an orphan.
Census records and other documentation suggest that he came to Ouachita Parish around 1850, and settled in an area near "Forksville" or known better today as Calhoun.
At the outbreak of the Civil War, Sullivan was still a bachelor at the age of 36, and he traveled to Monroe, LA to volunteer for the 4th LA Battalion, aka "The Ouachita Blues," on June 4, 1861.
Sullivan's service to the Confederacy was anything but easy. During his service, he spent time in Virginia and South Carolina during the defense of Charleston. And on July 30, 1863, Sullivan was captured by Union troops near Jackson, Mississippi and taken as a prisoner for the duration of the war. While many Confederate soldiers were allowed to go free and return to their homes, Sullivan was not, and spent nearly two full years in Camp Morton, Indiana as a prisoner of war.
When the Civil War ended, Michael Sullivan returned home to Ouachita Parish, and it was then that his family began to take shape.
On May 22, 1867, Michael Sullivan married Laura Adline Impson Brown, a widow, who had lost her own husband during the War. Together, they had at least three children, named Arabella, Cordelia, and Henry Graton Sullivan.
Created by: 6th Generation Richland
Record added: Nov 15, 2012
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