Francis Finnegan was born 28 February 1837, in Ballintemple, County Armagh, Ireland. He enlisted in the Union cause on 7 May 1861, credited to Hyde Park. Mustering in on 20 June 1861, as a private in Co. D, 2nd Vermont Infantry, he served until 29 June 1864.
A frequent correspondent at least during the beginning of his service, a number of his letters were published in in the LAMOILLE NEWSDEALER, and are presented here courtesy of Deanna French. Additional letters will be published as they are found.
September 6, Bivouacked on Mount Ida, Va.
September 15, Camp Advance
September 23, Camp Advance, at Fort Ethan Allen
October 13 & 14, Camp Near Lewinsville.
November 8, A Letter from the Seat of War.
November 4, Camp Griffin
November 14, Camp Griffin
March 26, Camp between Newport News and Fortress Monroe
April 10, Camp near Warwick Court House
April 20, Camp in the woods near Yorktown
May 16, Camp in the woods near Williamsburg
After the war, Francis moved out west. He died on 20 March 1923, in Sacramento, California, and is buried there, in Saint Josephs Cemetery.