|Birth: ||Nov. 16, 1842|
|Death: ||Feb. 16, 1936|
February 27, 1930 News-Star (Monroe, LA).
Civil War Veterans Are Reunited After 50 Years
Sole Survivors of Co. B of 2nd La. Regiment Meet Here.
A reunion of two Civil war comrades who had not seen each other for 50 years occurred here this morning. The men are R.C. Murphy, aged 88, of Natchitoches, and D.A. Breard, aged 87, of Monroe. They are believed to be the only surviving members of Company B., of the Second Louisiana regiment.
The captain of this company was a man by the name of Martin while the first lieutenant was Frank P. Stubbs and the second lieutenant, Sam McEnery, both of Monroe. The latter became a United States senator after the war and later was elected governor of Louisiana.
The meeting of these two aged war veterans came about through chance. Mr. Murphy has been visiting his son, Charles Murphy, cashier of the First National Bank of El Dorado, Ark., and one of the wealthiest and most influential residents of that city. The son had been to New Orleans on a business trip. Returning, he came by way of Monroe, arriving here this morning. His wife drove down from El Dorado to meet him, bringing her father-in-law in order to permit him to see Mr. Breard.
Event of Interest
The reunion of these two men naturally was an event of great interest to them. Not having seen each other since they served in Company B 50 years ago, and now the sole survivors of that outfit, one can well imagine their emotions on meeting once again.
Mr. Murphy, unusually well preserved for a man well along in his eighties, was born in Saline county, Arkansas. He moved to Louisiana t the age of five years, his parents settling in Union parish.
When the Civil war broke out in 1861, he enlisted and saw unusually active service, participating in many of the leading battles. he recalls vividly the battles of the War Between the States in which he and Mr. Breard participated. The first engagement was at Little Bethel in Virginia. Then at Malvern Hill, near Richmomd, the Yankees under McClellan were prevented from capturing the city. Then came the battle of Manassas. Fredericksburg was the next scene of bloody warfare. At this time "Fighting Joe Hooper," Yankee officer, was given a severe drubbing. The aged veteran chuckled as he reviewed the experience.
The Battle of Chancellorsville followed and then Winchester was captured. After other battles, the stage was set for the greatest of all, the battle of Gettysburg, fought on western Pennsylvania soil.
Mr. Murphy remembers vividly the death of General Stonewall Jackson, who was accidentally shot by his own troops. Mr. Murphy was not more than 200 yeards away from the scene of the tragic accident when it occurred.
Murphy received his only wound in the right leg, which was pierced by a shell, at Gettysburg. Major Grogan, of Alexandria, La., ordered him carried to the field hospital and prompt action probably saved his life. Why he was given this attention, he does not to this day know, for there were many others more seriously wounded than he. A man named John Thomas Godley carried Murphy from the field.
As long as Godley lived, Mr. Murphy was in correspondence with him, who with Mr. Breard of Monroe and himself, were the sole known survivors of Company B.
Godley Now Dead
A letter from relatives of Godley, mailed shortly after January 1 last from Corsicana, Texas, brought the news that he had died early this year at his home in Texas.
It is the knowlege that they are the last survivors of this gallant company that has evered to knit the bonds of fellowship and friendship between Mr. Murphy and Mr. Breard even closer and wsa [sic was] the reason for the former's trip to this city today.
Mr. Murphy has been a successful cotton planter of Natchitoches parish for the past 40 years. he enjoys the best of health and is unusually active for a man of his age. A new light, of almost youthful enthusiasm shines from his face and is reflected in his voice as he recounts the past.
Recall Old Times
For a long time today he and Mr. Breard talked of old times, living over again the days when they fought side by side in the cause of the south.
Mr. Murphy will return late today to El Dorado to complete the visit there with his son.
The article. states Murphy and Breard served in Company B of the 2nd. LA Inf. They were actually in Company C., known as the Pelican Greys. The men mostly came out of Ouachita Parish. Company B. was the Moore Guards out of Rapides parish.
George West Murphy (1817 - 1894)
Mary Elizabeth Clardy Murphy (1824 - 1889)
Martha Gulley Murphy (1846 - 1919)*
Henry Milton Murphy (1866 - 1867)*
Charles Haywood Murphy (1870 - 1954)*
Annie Ruth Murphy (1874 - 1876)*
Mary Frances Murphy Hunsicker (1880 - 1974)*
Mattie Agnes Murphy (1884 - 1900)*
Infant Son Murphy*
Robert Calvert Murphy (1842 - 1936)
William C Murphy (1845 - 1906)*
Sarah Anna Murphy Harrison (1848 - 1933)*
James Moore Murphy (1848 - ____)*
George E Murphy (1851 - 1931)*
Henrietta Murphy Gulley (1853 - 1922)*
John Milton Murphy (1857 - 1942)*
Lou Clardy Murphy Slade (1860 - 1908)*
Fannie Eleanor Murphy Sample (1863 - 1928)*
Alice Murphy Tucker (1865 - 1948)*
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