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Confederate (CSV)


John Franklin Murdock

(1845 - 1919)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Giving his age as 18, from Iredell County, he enlisted as a Private in Company A of the 4th North Carolina Infantry on 5 (or 29) May 1861 at Statesville. He was not yet 16 years old.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was wounded again, at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863. He was captured at Kelly's Ford, VA on 8 November 1863, held at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, DC. He took an oath of amnesty on 18 March 1864, and was released and sent to Philadelphia, PA. There is no later military record.

After the War

In 1870 he was working in a wagon shop in Concord Township, Iredell County, NC and was a blacksmith there in 1880. By 1900 he was a blacksmith in Shiloh Township, Iredell County. In 1910, then 85, he was working his own farm in Shiloh.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 via fold3, and the Roster.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1870-1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Nancy Angeline Boyd (1836-1919) in 1867 and they had 6 children.


08/14/1845; Iredell County, NC


12/23/1919; Loray, NC; burial in Concord Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Statesville, NC


1   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 27578]

2   Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth Tyree Jordan, Matthew M Brown, Michael W Coffey, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865 : A Roster, 20 Volumes +, Raleigh: North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, 1966-  [AotW citation 27579]