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Federal (USV)

Captain

Jasper Murphy Whitty

(1834 - 1879)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 69th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He was wounded in action while Lieutenant, Company C of the 69th New York State Militia at First Bull Run in July 1861, mustering out on 3 August. Age 27, he raised a Company of men and enrolled in New York City to serve three years, mustering as Captain, Company C, 69th New York Infantry on 4 October 1861. He was again wounded, losing his right eye, in action at White Oak Swamp, VA on 30 June 1862 or Malvern Hill, 1 July. He was detailed to recruiting duty in New York while he recovered.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshot to the left thigh or hip in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He resigned and was discharged for disability on 9 February 1863.

After the War

He worked as a clerk in the office of the Quartermaster General of the Army in Washington DC until 1870, but lost the appointment due to illness - probably typhoid fever. He was unemployed to at least October 1872, and petitioned to have his pension restored and for an artificial eye in 1876. He died "suddenly" at home in Washington, DC in 1879.

References & notes

Service information from the Roster1 and Conyngham.2 Antietam wound detail from Nelson.3 Further details from Official Register of the United States (1867) and a letter he wrote to President Grant on 30 October 1872, from The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant (1967-2012). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

Birth

1834 in IRELAND

Death

07/15/1879 Washington, DC; burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Washington, DC

Notes

1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1901, Ser. No. 28, pg. 356  [AotW citation 18221]

2   Conyngham, David Power, The Irish Brigade and Its Campaigns, New York: William McSorley & Co., 1867, pp. 217, 254, 546, 555  [AotW citation 18222]

3   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 437  [AotW citation 18223]