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William Elbert Murray diary

William Elbert Murray diary, 1862-1863
William Elbert Murray diary
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  • Diary, 1862-1863, of William Elbert Murray (1834-1920) of Company C, 19th Indiana Infantry, transcribed and annotated by John W. Green (d. 1991), detailing Murray's service in Company C from 1 January 1862 to 5 March 1863. Collection also contains biographical sketches of Murray; field guide to part of the battle of Second Manassas (Bull Run); an account of the 19th Indiana Infantry; Murray's testimony, 4 October 1878, before the Schofield Commission concerning General Fitz John Porter's (1822-1901) 1862-1863 court martial; and photographs of Murray and Nelson Pegg (ca. 1834-1931)
  • Dairy contains transcriptions of Murray's Pitman shorthand entries in his diary made by Dorothy Roberts of Greeley, Colorado. Also Green, in editing the diary, inserted a parallel column that contains information on what was happening during the war at the same time as Murray's entries
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Biographical or historical data
William Elbert Murray was born 26 May 1834 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved with his family to Randolph County, Indiana. After attending public schools, Murray worked as a farm hand to earn money to attend Ohio Wesleyan, but the Civil War began and he enlisted in the Winchester Greys (Company C, 19th Infiana) instead. Murray became a sergeant. He was wounded in the ankle at the battle of Brawner's Farm (opening of the second battle of Manassas), and was invalided. Because of his wound, Murray was honorably discharged from military service and he returned to Randolph County. After the Civil War, he served as auditor of Randolph County and as a member of the Indiana General Assembly. In the 1890s, he moved to Washington D.C. to work in the Library of Congress and in the Veterans' Bureau. Murray returned to Winchester in the summer of 1920. He married first Elizabeth Garland (1838-1920) on 14 December 1864, and they had three children. They divorced about 1883. Murray then married Ellen McArthur Geyer (1833-1917) on 9 April 1883. After her death, he married Josephine Boswell (ca. 1853-1923) about 1918. Murray died in Winchester 28 December 1920, and was burried in Fountain Park cemetery in Winchester.
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William Elbert Murray diary
  • The Library of Virginia
  • 17
  • 69
Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Parnell, Ellen G.
Reproduction note
Transcriptions and photocopies.
Type of unit
  • leaves and
  • p.

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