Michael J. Kelly, military officer, was born in Ireland. He was commissioned a second lieutenant of the First United States Cavalry from Washington, D.C., on May 8, 1861. During the Civil War he was promoted to brevet captain on December 31, 1862, for gallant and meritorious service at the battle of Stones River, Tennessee, and to brevet major on September 1, 1864, for similar conduct during the Atlanta campaign. He was assigned to Fort Chadbourne after the war and commanded a permanent camp on the Concho River until he became ill and died of typhoid fever on August 13, 1867. The permanent camp on the construction site of Fort Concho was named Camp Kelly in his honor for a time in 1868.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
Pember W. Rocap, “Kelly, Michael J.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 27, 2020, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/kelly-michael-j.
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