Michael Murphy, Civil War Soldier


Michael Murphy

Born in Ireland.___Son of William Murphy,___by occupation a Laborer,___Married,___at the age of 26 enlisted for three years in the 27th. Regiment of Infantry, Mass. Vols.__Company G.__
Mustered into service, September 20, 1861, at Springfield Mass. In July 1862, by the accidental discharge of his gun he lost a finger on his left hand, was in hospital five days; then was furloughed 20 days and visited Chicopee.
In May 1863, when the regiment took part in the expedition to Gum Swamp, Murphy was obliged to remain at the camp on account of sickness.
May 16, 1864, in a surprise attack made by the rebels upon the Union lines, many of the 27th. regiment were captured, including nearly all of Company G.__Murphy was on of the few who escaped.
June 3, 1864, in the battle of Cold Harbor, he was slightly wounded in the left hand by a musket ball. With about thirty others, he had volunteered to silence a battery. He had gone forward about 100 yards in advance of the regiment, and was preparing a shelter, when he was struck. He passed to the rear. Afterwards on the same day the field hospital being under fire, he with the rest of the wounded was sent to White House; thence to Washington, to Carver Hospital. After five days, sent to Fort Schuyler, N.Y.__Furloughed from there July 20, 1864, and returned August 5th. following. He rec'd an extension to his furlough and did not report at Ft. Schuyler till 18 Aug. After remaining in hospital three days he was returned to his Reg. there in front of Petersburgh. He served in that locality till 26th Sept., 1864 when with those who did not re-enlist he started for Springfield, Mass. There he with his comrades was mustered out about 17 Octo., 1864.


ca. 1861-1865


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“Michael Murphy, Civil War Soldier,” Chicopee Archives Online, accessed February 19, 2018, http://www.chicopeepubliclibrary.org/archives/items/show/2795.