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Michael C Murphy

  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel (Highest Rank: Colonel)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    170th New York Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 24, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: North Anna River, Virginia, USA
This officer, commanding the regiment, kept it on the field exposed to the fire of the enemy for three hours without being able to fire one shot in return because of the ammunition being exhausted.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: January 15, 1897
  • Born: 1836, Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland
  • Died: March 4, 1903
  • Buried: Kensico Cemetery (PM) (13-196-944), Valhalla, NY, United States

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