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David Huston Murphy, Private, Company L,
2nd Mississippi Infantry Battalion /
48th Mississippi Infantry Regiment CSA

My maternal 2nd great-granduncle, David Huston Murphy, served in Company L, 2nd Mississippi Infantry Battalion / 48th Mississippi Infantry Regiment from 12 May 1862 to 15 Dec 1862.

David Huston Murphy survived only 7 month of the war before his death from disease.

His service record indicates he enlisted on 12 May 1862 but was absent from service for the months of July, Aug, Sept, Oct, and Nov 1862. He was admitted to Chimborazo Confederate Military Hospital, Richmond, Virginia, on 23 Nov 1862 for pneumonia. He died on 15 Dec 1862 at Chimborazo Hospital, Richmond, Virginia. He was 28 years and 4 month of age at the time of his death.

David Huston Murphy is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia, Section / Range AL, Grave 123. See Note_09

In contrast, his next older brother, Archibald Jasper Murphy, who enlisted in the same unit at the same time, survived 36 months of combat, including being twice captured and once wounded. A.J. Murphy died in 1919 at age 87 years and 3 months.

His younger brother, Charles Alexander Murphy, served in the 2nd Mississippi Partisan Rangers Cavalry [Ballentine's] Regiment and died an accidental death in 1873.

David Huston Murphy's story is detailed below.

David Huston Murphy was born on 15 Aug 1834 in Alabama. He was the 10th 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.

David H. Murphy enlisted as a Private in Captain Joel P. Rogers’ Company [Oktibbeha Reserve or Oktibbeha Rescue] on 12 May 1862 at West Point, Clay County, Mississippi. He was 27 years of age. His next older brother, Archibald J. Murphy, then 30 years of age, enlisted in the same unit at the same date and place. D.H. Murphy and family are reported in the 1860 Census of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. Clay County is adjacent to and north of Oktibbeha County.

David H. Murphy apparently became ill within two months of his enlistment. His service record indicates that he was absent for the months of July, Aug, Sept, Oct, and Nov. Further, his service record indicates he was admitted to Chimborazo Confederate Military Hospital, Richmond, Virginia, on 23 Nov 1862 for pneumonia aned that he died on 15 Dec 1862 at Chimborazo Hospital.

It is assumed that David Huston Murphy was in service through June 1862. During June 1862, the 2nd Mississippi Infantry Battalion was engaged in the following battles which had a direct impact on the course of the war and / or a decisive influence on a campaign:
  • Seven Pines [aka, Fair Oaks], Virginia, 31 May - 01 June 1862
  • Gaines' Mill [aka, Beaver Creek], Virginia, 27 Jun 1862
  • Frayser’s Farm [aka, Glendale], Virginia, 30 June 1862

    His wife, Perniah, applied for a widow's pension. There is not record of the pension being granted. The maiden surname of his wife and the date and place of their marriage is unknown but is estimated to have occurred about 1858-9 based on the 1860 Oktibbeha County Census which reports household 929 consisting of:
  • David Murphy, age 25
  • Penny, age 21
  • Mary, age 9/12

    David Huston Murphy is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia, Section / Range AL, Grave 123. See Note_09, Oakwood Cemetery, Richmond, is one of two historic cemeteries in Richmond, Virginia, each containint the graves of more than 17,000 Civil War soldiers and officers.

    On 17 January 1863, the 2nd Mississippi Infantry Battalion was further increased to regiment strength and designated the 48th Mississippi Infantry Regiment. Captain Joel P. Rogers’ Company was henceforth designated Company L of the 48th Mississippi Infantry Regiment. D.H. Murphy is reported in the roster of both
  • Company L, 2nd Mississippi Infantry Battalion
  • Company L, 48th Mississippi Infantry Regiment

  • Note
    Service Records / Hospital Record:
    David Huston Murphy Confederate service record has been requested from the
       Mississippi Department of Archives and History,
       200 North Street
       Jackson, MS 39201

    Chimborazo Confederate Military Hospital records are available for research at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. They have not been filmed as a National Archives microfilm publication. Further information is available by contacting the Old Military and Civil Branch, National Archives, Washington, DC, 20408.

    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 Battalion Mississippi Infantry / 48th Regiment Mississippi Infantry [derived from Dunbar Rowland’s 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'
    Ref_09: email correspondence with C.L. Ferguson, author of Hollywood Cemetery: Her Forgotten Soldiers: Confederate Field Officers at Rest. He is reported to be interred as D.H. Murphy of the 2nd MS, 'a common mistake by the cemetery personnel when it came to Infantry versus Battalions'.
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