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Federal (USV)


Bernard Murphy

(c. 1844 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 6th Pennsylvania Reserves

Before Antietam

Age 18, he enlisted and mustered into service as a Private, Company G, 6th Pennsylvania Reserves on 29 August 1862 in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was initially treated at the Stone House hospital on the Poffenberger Farm north of Sharpsburg, but died of wounds at a field hospital on the Hoffman Farm near the battlefield on 19 September 1862.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History1. His service from Bates2 and the Card File, both of which have him as killed outright on 17 September. Wound and hospital details from Nelson.3 Death details from a casualty list in the New York Times of 12 October 1862. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1844


09/19/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869  [AotW citation 3963]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 25874]

3   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. 331  [AotW citation 25873]