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luther conn civil warFrom Kentucky, Luther Conn joined the Confederate service 1861. He served as a captain in Morgan’s cavalry, was wounded at Murphreesboro and was captured during Morgan’s Ohio raid. Exchanged in 1865, he returned to service in Virginia.

Conn served with the troops escorting Jefferson Davis on his exodus south following the fall of Richmond.

Settling in St. Louis after the War, Conn became a real estate developer. Upon U.S. Grant death, he acquired the property known as “White Haven” in St. Louis, making it his home for a number of years. It is the result of Conn’s efforts that White Haven has been preserved and is now the U.S. Grant National Historic Site.

Conn is buried in St. Louis’ Bellefontaine Cemetery. Curiously, he is one of two officers who accompanied Jeff Davis who lie there. [See Given Campbell]