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Lieut James Rolfe Murie
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Birth: 1843, Scotland
Death: Dec. 26, 1910
Nebraska, USA

James Murie was born in Scotland and made his way to Nebraska. He married a Pawnee woman and through this union he learned the Pawnee language and customs.

With his Pawnee background, Frank North appointed Murie second lieutenant of the famous Pawnee Battalion. This militia consisted of reservation Pawnee who were ready to battle the Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapahoe. These tribes were the Pawnee's ancestral enemies. Murie would later be promoted to Captain.

The Pawnee Battalion was used to protect the frontier in Nebraska with patrols to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and Wyoming. They guarded the building of the transcontinental railroad, aided other military columns, and safeguarded small settlements.

In one particular incident, the Cheyenne under Turkey Leg derailed a train in Nebraska where the only survivor was killed by the roving band. Murie and his company engaged these Cheyenne in a running battle and the result was one Cheyenne boy and woman was captured. The boy was a nephew of Turkey Leg and an exchange for a captured white woman was initiated and ended in a peaceful meeting and the release for all the captives.

Murie was also involved in the Connor Battle in northern Wyoming and at the Summit Springs Battle in northeastern Colorado. The Pawnee Battalion was disbanded and reorganized two or three times. Later James Murie settled in Grand Island, NE where he was listed as a farmer, but described as "insane". Murie wrote that he suffered a Sun Stroke during his enlistment which disabled him from mentally and physically performing any kind of labor and in 1888 at the age of 45, he applied for admission to the Nebraska Veterans Home where he lived here until his death in 1910.

James R. Murie, the son of James Murie the Pawnee Battalion Commander, authored a book titled "Ceremonies of the Pawnee". James Murie is buried in the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery in Grand Island, Nebraska.  
Family links: 
  Peter James Murie (1821 - 1878)
  Ann Allen Murie (1819 - 1866)
  James Rolfe Murie (1843 - 1910)
  John Thomas Murie (1846 - 1922)*
  George Murie (1854 - 1927)*
  Peter James Murie (1856 - 1924)*
*Calculated relationship
Soldiers And Sailors Cemetery
Grand Island
Hall County
Nebraska, USA
Created by: KRW
Record added: Jan 04, 2006
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Lieut James Rolfe Murie
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James is the GG Uncle of my two daughters.
- Twila
 Added: Mar. 20, 2009
2nd Lieutenant Company A Pawnee Scouts Nebraska.
- Unioneer
 Added: Mar. 18, 2008
Thank you for your service. Your memory lives on. May you rest in peace.
 Added: Jan. 17, 2006

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