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Federal (USV)


Murtha Murphy

(c. 1839 - 1881)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 69th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 22 years, he enlisted at New York City to serve three years, and mustered in as First Sergeant, Company C, 69th New York Infantry on 30 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He was in action at Antietam on 17 September with his Company and Major Cavanaugh later wrote ...

Among the non-commissioned officers who particularly distinguished themselves on the field, I take occasion to mention the following as being most worthy of your consideration for promotion to a commission, viz: First Sergts. Murtha Murphy, Company C; Michael Brennan, Company B; Bernard O'Neil, Company C, and Soucoth Mansergh, Company H.

The rest of the War

He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant to date from 17 September and was severely wounded in the arm and back in action at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December 1862. He mustered out at the consolidation of the regiment on 12 June 1863, but he enrolled again and mustered as 2nd Lieutenant, Company G on 19 January 1864. He was promoted to First Lieutenant 15 February 1864, and Captain, Company C on 16 February 1865. He mustered out with his Company on 30 June 1865.

References & notes

Service from the New York Adjutant General.1 His performance at Antietam from Major James Cavanagh's Official Report. His wound at Fredericksburg from Robert McClernon's casualty list for the 69th at Frederickburg. His gravesite is on Findagrave, the location also of a post-War photo of him.


c. 1839; County Wexford, IRELAND


05/17/1881; burial in Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens, NY


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. 258  [AotW citation 18238]