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Federal (USV)


David Brainard Murray

(1837 - 1917)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 35th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 25 year old grocer in Haverhill, Essex County, MA, he enlisted there as a Private in Company G, 35th Massachusetts Infantry on 1 August 1862 and mustered into service on the 17th.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was in a hospital in Alexandria, VA by October 1862 and was discharged at the Convalescent Camp there for disability from "incipient phthisis" on 22 November 1862. He enlisted again, as a Corporal in Company I, 60th Massachusetts Militia Infantry - a 100 unit - on 23 July 1864 at Readville, and mustered out with them on 30 November 1864 in Boston, owing the United States one canteen.

After the War

He was ordained a minister in September 1867 in Kensington, NH, and was a pastor there. He then served as pastor to congregations in Newburyport (1869-72), Walpole (1872-76), and Manchester (1876-78), MA. He was afterward in Manchester and Boston "without charge." He was President of the Rockingham (NH?) Conference for 5 years and Chaplain of the 35th Massachusetts Regimental Association.

He was probably a resident of the Soldier's Home in Chelsea, MA at the time of his death in 1917 at age 80.

References & notes

His service from Soldiers, Sailors and Marines1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3. Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1870, and a bio sketch in Nathan Franklin Carter's The Native Ministry of New Hampshire (1906). His gravesite is on Findagrave; he died exactly 55 years after the battle of Antietam.

He married Georgiana S Davis (1842-1922) in November 1860 and they had 3 sons. He married again, Martha L. "Mattie" Soule (1866-) in August 1885.


03/10/1837; Newmarket, NH


09/17/1917; Chelsea, MA; burial in Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden, MA


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35  [AotW citation 27591]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who served in US Volunteer organizations enlisted for service during the Civil War, Record Group No. 94 (Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 27592]