Robinson Barr Murphy
Musician, United States Army
in Illinois in 1849, he earned the Medal of Honor,during the Civil War while serving as a musician with Company
A, 127th Illinois Volunteer Infantry at Atlanta, Georgia, on July 28, 1864.
The Medal was actually issued on July 22, 1890.
He died on October 2, 1934 and was buried in Section 6 of Arlington National Cemetery.
MURPHY, ROBINSON B.
Rank and organization: Musician, Company A, 127th Illinois Infantry. Place and date: At Atlanta, Georgia, 28 July 1864. Entered service at: Oswego, Kendall County, Illinois. Birth: Oswego, Kendall County, Illinois. Date of issue: 22 July 1890.
Being orderly to the brigade commander, he
voluntarily led two regiments as reinforcements into line of battle, where
he had his horse shot under him.
He enlisted in the War of the rebellion, 6 August 1862, at the above of thirteen years, and served with Company A, 127th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, being orderly to the Colonel of the Regiment. In January 1864, he was appointed orderly to General J. A. J. Lightburn, and was involved in serveral battles. He received a Medal of Honor for gallant conduct on July 28, 1864, when he led two regiments into battle near Atlanta and had his horse shot from under him. He was then only fifteen years of age, and was in continuous service until his company was mustered out June 5, 1865.
He resided at Front Royal, Virginia, and was
a commercial traveler, twenty-five years with the present company, a member
of the Methodist church. To Robinson Barr Murphy and Lina Virginia Johnson
Murphy were born three children: Robinson Barr Murphy, 23 December 1876-23
May 1877; Martha Charlotte Murphy, 28 January 1878; she was married on
11 May 1905 to Charles Augustus Mactee, an attorney, at Clifton Forge,
Virginia; Annie Margenia Murphy, born 8 November 1881.
COLONEL ROBINSON BARR MURPHY
WASHINGTON, October 4, 1934 - Colonel Robinson
Barr Murphy, who won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service in
the Civil War when he was only 15 years of age, was buried today in Arlington
National Cemetery with full military honors. Colonel Murphy, formerly
of Columbus, Ohio, and Oswego, Illinois, died Tuesday at his home in Chevy
Chase, Maryland. He was 85 years old. He was the youngest man
ever to be awarded the Congressional Medal.
MURPHY, LINA V W/O ROBINSON BARR
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Photos Courtesy of Holly, November 2008