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Federal (USV)


Robert Drake Murray

(1845 - 1903)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

A school teacher in Bluffton, OH, he enlisted in Company H, 7th Ohio Infantry (3 months) on 19 April 1861, then reenlisted in the same unit for 3 years on 19 June 1861. He was wounded in action at Cedar Mountain, VA on 9 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was present with his unit in action at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was discharged on account of wounds from Cedar Mountain on 29 November 1862. He enlisted as Private in Company G, 12th Ohio Cavalry on 9 September 1863. He was promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant, date not stated. Wounded in action, no details in record. He was discharged on 10 July 1865 from Tripler Hospital at Columbus, OH.

After the War

He studied medicine at the Tripler US Army Hospital, then obtained an MD degree in 1868 from Cleveland Medical College, followed by an eighteen month internship at Philadelphia Hospital and earning another MD degree, from Jefferson Medical College in that city, in 1871. He was appointed acting Assistant Surgeon, US Navy 1871-72 and was in the US Marine Hospital Service from April 1872, becoming senior surgeon by 1896. He specialized in Yellow Fever for 19 years, and served in many parts of the South. He was killed by injuries from a "runaway" accident in Laredo while on duty there.

References & notes

Basic information on the 7th Infantry and postwar career from Wilson1, with details on the 12th Cavalry from the Roster2.

More on the Web

A much later photograph of him is in the collection of the National Library of Medicine, online.


04/21/1845; Ohlton, OH


11/22/1903; Laredo, TX; burial in Maple Grove Cemetery, Blufftron, OH


1   Wilson, Lawrence, and the Historical Committee of the Regimental Association, Itinerary of the Seventh Ohio Infantry 1861-1864, New York: The Neale Publishing Co., 1907, pp. 477, 607  [AotW citation 13134]

2   State of Ohio, Roster Commission, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, 12 Volumes, Akron: The Werner Company, 1893-95, Vol. 11, pg. 603  [AotW citation 13135]