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Federal (USV)


Christopher Murphy

(c. 1840 - 1864)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 69th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 22 (or 24), he enlisted in New York City to serve three years, and mustered in as Private, Company D, 69th New York Infantry on 15 January 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the right leg, his tibia (lower leg bone) broken by a gunshot, in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a hospital in Frederick, MD, where his lower leg was amputated. He had dead bone excised on 18 March and a second amputation, of his thigh in the middle third, on 23 March 1863 by acting Assistant Surgeon A. North. He had been transferred to Company B on 12 June 1863 and was discharged for disability on 12 September 1864 at Devil's Island, NY.

After the War

He died of pneumonia 28 December 1864.

References & notes

Service information from the Roster.1 Treatment details from Nelson2 and McLernon,3 citing the Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion (1870).


c. 1840




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. 255  [AotW citation 18168]

2   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 332  [AotW citation 18169]

3   McLernon, Robert, Casualty List, 69th New York Volunteer Infantry, Meagher's Irish Brigade, Bloody Lane, Antietam, Maryland, September 17, 1862, Springfield (Va): R. McLernon, 2014, pg. 20  [AotW citation 18170]