(1844 - 1911)
Home State: Ohio
Command Billet: Soldier
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 5th Ohio Infantry
"He came to this country [US] during the early childhood ... and located in Detroit, Mich., subsequently removing to Laporte, Ind., where both parents died in 1854. The schooling of John P. Murphy was comparatively meagre. In 1859 he was apprenticed to learn shoemaking, but at the breaking out of the Civil War he enlisted in Company K, Fifth O. V. I. [from Cincinnati]."
On the Campaign
He was wounded and awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on 17 September.
The rest of the War
His wound necessitated his being mustered out of the service in January 1863.
After the War
"Returning to Cincinnati, he began an apprenticeship as machinist at the Niles Works, in which employ he continued some four years and a half, when he entered Antioch College, Yellow Springs. In 1871 he began the study of law in Cincinnati. In the fall of that year he was made deputy, under county clerk H. H. Tinker, in which capacity he was employed for two years when he was admitted to the Bar, and entered upon the practice in which he has since  been engaged. In 1877 he was elected on the Republican ticket as prosecuting attorney of the police court, and was re-elected to the same position in 1879. His services have been frequently called into requisition as acting judge of the police court."
References & notes
Source: History of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio, S. B. Nelson & Co., Publishers ; Cincinnati, Ohio: 1894 - quoted above, and posted online by Allen L. Potts.
6/24/1844; Killarney, IRELAND
1/1/1911; burial in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH