Private, 25th & 17th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry
Cornelius Murphy enrolled in Captain Anthony's Company of the 25th Kentucky Infantry on 15 October 1861 at Henderson, Kentucky for a three year enlistment. His records list his age as 45.
When the 25th was consolidated with the 17th, Private Murphy was listed on the rolls of Company E of the 25th. He died at Clarksville Tennessee on February 18, 1863. He was first buried in Clarksville, but later moved to the national Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.
A check of the 1860 Census of Kentucky revealed three Corneilius Murphys. The most likely candidate to match this soldier was a resident of Ward 8 of Louisville, Dwelling 244, Family 262. He was born in Ireland and his age was listed on the census as 50 with the occupation of Street Cleaner. He had a wife named Ann aged 30 who was also born in Ireland. Their children, all born in Kentucky, were listed as Dan 8; Dennis 6, Mary 2, and Bridget 1; there were two other Murphy's listed in the family, Michael 17, a laborer, and Cornelius 13, both born in Ireland and probably nephews of Private Murphy.
( another Cornelius Mruphy of
Covington was probably the same as the one who joined the Co. K,
18th Infantry, in Covington and was mustered on April 5, 1862. He
is listed as a deserter as of June 20, 1862)
1860 Census Jefferson Co pg. 579
Records of Union Soldiers Microfice 386 Roll 19, Record 528
A Hundred Heartbreakes page 252.
AG Report Notes
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