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Charles Alexander Murphy, Private, Company A,
2nd Mississippi Partisan Rangers Cavalry [Ballentine's] Regiment CSA

My maternal 2nd great-granduncle, Charles Alexander Murphy, served in Company A, 2nd Mississippi Partisan Rangers Cavalry [Ballentine's] Regiment.

Charles A. Murphy's muster-in and muster-out dates are not currently known. His Confederate Service Record has been ordered from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

His older brothers Archibald Jasper Murphy and David Huston Murphy served in the 2nd Mississippi Infantry Battalion /48th Mississippi Infantry Regiment CSA.

Charles Alexander Murphy's story is detailed below.

Charles Alexander Murphy was born 30 May 1839 in Florence, Alabama. He was the 12th of 14 children born to Archibald and Anna G. [nee THOMPSON] MURPHY. His father was born in Scotland on 12 Jan 1794 and immigrated to the USA before 1815. His mother was born on 20 Aug 1800 in Rutherford County, Tennessee

Charles A. Murphy served in and survived the American Civil War. His muster in and out dates are not known at this time. Based on available information, he is believed to have served as a Private in Company A, 2nd Mississippi Partisan Rangers Cavalry [Ballentine's] Regiment.

The 2nd Mississippi Partisan Rangers Cavalry Regiment was engaged in the following battles which had a direct impact on the course of the war and / or a decisive or observable influence on a campaign:
  • Iuka, Miss., 19 Sept, 1862
  • Corinth, Miss., 03 - 04 Oct 1862
  • Thompsonís Station, Tenn., 05 Mar 1863
  • Meridian, Miss., 14 - 20 Feb 1864
  • Adairsville, Ga., 17 May 1864
  • Dallas, Ga., 28 MAY 1864
  • Columbia, Tenn., 24 Nov 1864
  • Spring Hill, Tenn., 29 Nov 1864
  • Franklin, Tenn., 30 Nov 1864
  • Nashville, Tenn., 15 - 16 Dec 1864
  • Selma, Ala., 02 April 1865

    On 22 Feb 1865, the 2nd Mississippi Partisan Rangers Cavalry [Ballentine's] Regiment was consolildated with the 7th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment. C.A. Murphy is reported in the roster of both
  • Company A, 2nd Mississippi Partisan Rangers Cavalry Regiment
  • Company A, 7th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment

    Charles A. Murphy married Neoma B. GARNER on 28 Sep 1869 in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. Neoma was born in 1846 in Scott County, Mississippi. Neoma B. [nee Garner] and Charles A. Murphy had two children.

    In 1873, Charles A. Murphy died of a broken meck when he was knocked off the roof by a falling limb. He was re-roofing a house. His widow took his two children to her farm's farm in Scott County, Mississippi.

  • Notes
    Note_01: Company A
    Company A, William H. Fordís Company, was raised in Carroll County, Mississippi. Charles A. Murphy resided in Oktibbeha County in 1860.

    Note_02: 1860 Oktibbeha County Census
    In the 1860 Census, Charles A. Murphy is reported to reside in household of his widow mother; ie, household 902 consisted of:
  • Ann[a] Murphy, age 60
  • Mary Murphy, age 31
  • Charles, age 20
    Charles A. Murphy's father had died on 24 Jul 1845 in Florence, Alabama.

    Note_03: Confederate Service Records:
    Charles Alexander Murphy's Confederate service record has been requested from
       The Mississippi Department of Archives and History,
       200 North Street
       Jackson, MS 39201

    Note_04: Neoma B. [nee Garner] Murphy
    Neoma was born in 1846 in Scott County, Mississippi.
    Elisha B. Garner, her father, was born on 16 Jun 1812 in Tennessee.
    Manervie Jane, her mother, was born on 14 Feb 1824 in Kentucky.

    Note_05: Children of Charles Alexander and Neoma B. [nee Garner] Murphy were
  • Archibald Joseph Murphy; born in July 1870 in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi
  • Minerva Ann Murphy; born about 1873 in Okibbeha County Mississippi

  • Sources
    Ref_01: Charles Williams' RootsWeb WorldConnect database entry in part derived from early work by his grandmother Zelle [nee Murphy] Williams, published on the World Wide Web. Charles Willams reports that Zelle [nee Murphy] Williams' data is the result of forty years of devotion to and perseverance in the genealogy research.
    Ref_02: Roster of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865, Broadfoot Publishing Company, Wilmington, NC, 1999. Accessed at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Libraries.
    Ref_03: NPS CWSSS Soldiers Records website.
    Ref_04: NPS CWSSS Regimental Histories website.
    Ref_05: NPS CWSSS Battle Summaries website.
    Ref_06: Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Mississippi, Stewart Sifaki, Facts On File Books, New York, New York, 1995. Accessed at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Libraries.
    Ref_07: Regimental History of 2nd Mississippi Partisan Rangers Cavalry [Ballentine's] Regiment [derived from Dunbar Rowlandís Military History of Mississippi, 1803-1898], published on the World Wide Web.
    Ref_08: 1860 Oktibbeha County Mississippi 1860 Census, 'Started in July Families Numbered in order of visitation' .
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