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The civil war papers of Thomas Parish Murphy, 1861-1874;
Murphy, Thomas Parish, 1840-1915.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  Misc 955  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Murphy, Thomas Parish, 1840-1915.
Title : The civil war papers of Thomas Parish Murphy, 1861-1874; bulk: 1861-1865.
Physical Description : 1 folder (251 p.)
General Note : Mimeographed copy.
"Copied from the original manuscripts by his son, D. D. Murphy."
Contents : [Family correspondence] -- Miscellaneous correspondence, Civil War-Letters to T. P. Murphy -- [Diary], 1862 -- [Diary], 1863 -- Letters from T. P. Murphy to the Parish family -- Letters to T. P. Murphy from his aunt Catherine Lebocheure -- Letters from the Blodgett family to T. P. Murphy -- [Official orders] -- Correspondence of the Harrison-Carter family.
Summary :

The collection consists of over 250 typewritten pages, with an index, of Thomas Parish Murphy's 1862 and 1863 diaries. It also contains letters to and from Thomas P. Murphy. 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. Letters to Murphy from family members and friends provide a view of what it was like on the Vermont home front during the war. There is also a letter from Henry N. Bushnell, commander of Co. H, 6th Vermont, to Thomas P. Murphy describing the battle of Cedar Creek. Also included are transcribed copies of military reports for Co. B, 6th Vermont such as clothing inventories, clothing issues, inventories of government property, general orders, etc. At the end of the collection are five letters from Henry Harrison to his wife Fannie Harrison and one from an unidentified male to Fannie Harrison, all five written between 1848 and 1853. The transcriber, D. D. Murphy, Thomas' son, could find no connection between the Harrison and Murphy families.

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 XMS B M958, with additional genealogical material.
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.
Cedar Creek, Battle of, Va., 1864.
Geographic Term : United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Personal narratives.
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Medical care.
Vermont History Civil War, 1861-1865 Personal narratives.
Genre/Form : Diaries.
Letters correspondence.
Added Author : Bushnell, Henry N.
Lebouchere, Catherine White.
Harrison, Henry, 1821-1887.
Murphy, D. D. ed.