Lieutenant Porter Farley:
"Up to that time in my life I had never felt a grief so sharply, nor realized the significance of death so well as then; for him to die was to me like losing a brother, and that brother almost the perfection of the manly graces."
An infant immigrant from Ireland, O'Rorke was raised in Rochester, New York. He joined the U.S. Army and during the Civil War attained the rank of colonel. He commanded the 140th Regiment of New York Volunteers at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, and died rallying his men in defense of Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg. His widow, Clara, whom he had married one year earlier, became a Sacred Heart sister.