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Diary of Thomas Parish Murphy, 1862-1863.
Murphy, Thomas Parish, 1840-1915.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  920 M958  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript-Oversize (X) 

Personal Author : Murphy, Thomas Parish, 1840-1915.
Title : Diary of Thomas Parish Murphy, 1862-1863.
Physical Description : 1 folder.
Summary :

Typescript of diary of Thomas Parish Murphy of Roxbury, Vt., while serving in Co. H, 6th Vermont Regiment. The diaries do not give any detailed information on battles in which he participated. They do, however, give detailed information on weather, where the regiment camped, what they ate, and camp gossip. The 1862 diary contains an excellent description of hospital life for a Civil War soldier when Murphy was recovering from a wound he received April 16, 1862.

Reproduction Note : Typescript.
Location of originals : Original in the possession of the family, Halstead, Kansas
Biographical or historical data :

Thomas Murphy was born in Villerstown, Waterford Co., Ireland, on April 27, 1840. He was the son of William and Ellen (White) Murphy. His family immigrated to the United States in 1841 or 1842 and settled in the vicinity of Moretown, Vermont. Thomas' mother died November 9, 1853, and some time afterward, Thomas was sent to live with the family of Judge Jacob Kimball Parish in Randolph, Vermont. In honor of the family that befriended him he took the middle name of Parish.

Thomas enlisted from Roxbury, Vermont in Co. H, 6th Vermont Volunteer Infantry Regiment on August 14, 1861, and was selected as a corporal. He was wounded in the arm at the battle Dam No. 1 (also known as the battle of Lee's Mill), in Newport News, Virginia, on April 16, 1862 and the bullet was never removed. He was promoted to 1st Sergeant July 10, 1863. He was wounded again June 6, 1864 at Cold Harbor, Virginia. He was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in Co. B, 6th Vermont, on May 15, 1864, and was mustered out of service on October 28, 1864. He moved west in 1866 and eventually settled in Kansas. He died December 4, 1915.

Related Collections : A duplicate typescript of the diary may be found in Misc 955, with additional material, including transcripts of letters from family and friends of Thomas P. Murphy.
Personal Subject : Murphy, Thomas Parish, 1840-1915.
Corporate Subject : United States. Army. Vermont Infantry Regiment, 6th 1861-1865. Company H.
Subject Term : Soldiers Vermont Diaries.
Geographic Term : United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Personal narratives.
Vermont History Civil War, 1861-1865 Personal narratives.
Genre/Form : Diaries.