James A Murray

DeathSept. 10, 1880
CemeteryGreenwood (Wahoo)
PostSeward (Seward)
Unit40th New York Infantry, Company H

Private James A Murray

Company F, 74th New York Infantry

Company H, 40th New York Infantry

Murray was born on September 26, 1841. He enlisted in the regiment on June 18, 1861. Murray was mustered into the regiment on August 20, 1861 and served nearly 3 years. Murray re-enlisted on February 9, 1864. He transferred to the 40th New York Infantry on August 3, 1864 and served about 1 additional year. Murray was discharged on July 18, 1865 due to disability.

The 74th New York Infantry was organized at Staten Island, New York on August 20, 1861. During Murray’s enlistment, the unit was involved in several major battles. Some of them include:

Battle of Wiliamsburg (VA) (May 5, 1862).

Battle of Malvern Hill (VA) (July 1, 1862).

Battle of Fredericksburg (VA) (December 12-15, 1862).

Battle of Chancellorsville (VA) (May 1-5, 1863).

Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863).

Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864).

Battle of Spottsylvania Court House (VA) (May 12-21, 1864).

The regiment suffered heavy casualties at 2 major battles:

Battle of Williamsburg. The unit lost 40 soldiers, 27 were wounded, and 17 were taken prisoner on May 5, 1862.

Battle of Gettysburg. On July 2, 1863 the outfit lost 10 soldiers, 67 were wounded, and 2 were taken prisoner.

The 40th New York Infantry was part of the Siege of Petersburg (June 16, 1864 to April 2, 1865). In addition, the regiment was at Appomattox Court House (April 9, 1865) when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia.

Murray died on September 10, 1880 at the age of 38 years. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Wahoo (Saunders County), Nebraska. Murray was a charter member of the Ellsworth Post (#3) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Wahoo.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.