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Wolfhag12 Aug 2021 3:22 a.m. PST

George Murray was born on July 21, 1844 in Philadelphia and originally worked as a carpenter until enlisting at the age of 18 in August 1862 as a member of the 114th Pennsylvania Zouaves de Afrique Company B regiment under Colonel Charles H. T. Collis for the Union Army. Murray served during the majority of the Civil War and wrote many letters to his parents while enlisted. The collection of Murray's letters on this website provide a unique historical view of the Civil War through a soldier's perspective.

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He had some cousins that were on the USS Oneida in the Union Navy at the Battle of Mobile Bay. When I was a kid my grandmother used to tell me about them and I was surprised when I saw the display in the museum.

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Frederick Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2021 8:07 a.m. PST

Very neat! My great-grandpa was a private in the 4th Minnesota – I have his service records and a few post war photos but nothing like that trove – thanks for sharing

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Aug 2021 10:52 a.m. PST

Pretty awesome!
My stepfather had a relative that was possibly from an Ohio unit. We have almost no information on him other than a picture of a portrait.

My side has my g-grandpa and g-g-grandpa in CS service, with them fighting at the Farmville High Station Bridge, and actions around Cumberland Church in April of '65…

Tortorella Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2021 2:28 p.m. PST

This was great Wolfhag. Thanks for sharing.

One reason I love this era is because I can remember my dad telling me that a great grandfather of his was a vet. It makes for a connection. This was the first war to get a lot of photos taken, and with Americans fighting on both sides, there are probably more letters still around.

Wolfhag12 Aug 2021 5:50 p.m. PST

About 20 years ago I got a package in the mail from a relative I didn't know. She had been doing extensive research on the family tree. All of the stories my grandmother told me were confirmed by Civil War enlistment and pay documents, grave sites, etc. I didn't know anything else about the Murray side of the family until I walked into the Chancellorsville museum and saw the display. I got chills up my spine. There is a history of the 114th Zouaves written by another relative too.

There was a kid in my neighborhood who had a Civil War musket in his shed, complete with a bayonet. When we played
"Army" our weapons included a real Civil War musket, Russian Moisen-Nagat and a Jap Arisaka – no ammo of course. We'd be running through peoples yards chasing each other and never got any complaints. Those were the days.

I'll be relocating to TN and going to many other battlefields. I just hope it does not get me into ACW wargaming – I'm already overloaded.

Wolfhag

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Aug 2021 2:09 p.m. PST

" I just hope it does not get me into ACW wargaming I'm already overloaded."

It's what all the cool kids do…Try it….

Lol

Murphy

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