MURDOCK, Charles L.
died Nov 12, 1893
aged 79 yr
Emily A. Howland his wife
died Feb 22, 1887
aged 76 Yr at rest
Alfred X. son of CL & EA Murdock
killed in defense of his country
at Atlanta GA and buried
in the field - July 28, 1864
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Two young soldiers focus of Civil War exhibit in Oswego
By Ed Fanselow STAFF WRITER
OSWEGO — Their names probably aren't familiar to most Oswego residents, but Alfred X. Murdock and Robinson Murphy both deserve to be remembered, according to historians at the Little White School Museum.
Although they were both just teenagers when the 127th Illinois Infantry marched off to war some 140 years ago, the two young Oswegoans went along with the troops.
The 19-year-old Murdock became one of the youngest servicemen from Kendall County to die on the battlefield, while Murphy, a 15-year-old drummer boy, remains to this day the only person from Oswego to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Their stories — and the stories of some 1,200 other Civil war soldiers from Kendall County — are the focus of the museum's newest exhibit, "Oswego Goes to War: Defending the Nation During the Civil War."
"Murdock and Murphy, in particular, have interesting stories," says Roger Matile, the museum's director. "And the best part is that we're learning more and more about them every day."
In addition to photographs and letters from the two soldiers, the exhibit also includes a variety of Civil War medals, a battle-worn musket and bayonet and even bullet casings unearthed from Confederate battlefields.
Also on display is a detailed map tracing the route the 127th Infantry took across the Confederate South — most of it on foot.
"(The Civil War) was such an important thing for Kendall County," Matile says. "Even then, it was a very strong Republican area, and it was just the thing to do your patriotic duty."
Matile says the museum's next goal is to develop comprehensive exhibits on the Oswego area's contribution to 20th century wars — from World War I to the ongoing military actions in the Persian Gulf.
"We have a rich history of military service in this area," he said. "And we want the generations to see that."
The Little White School Museum is at Jackson and Polk streets in downtown Oswego. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 4 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, call (630) 554-2999 or e-mail email@example.com.
New information 8-12-2008
Good news. Some kind person took a photo of the grave marker and posted it. Mystery solved. His remains were returned to Oswego for burial according to Kendall County records.
So, yes he was buried on the battlefield as others were. But he was not interred in the Marietta National Cemetery after the war as most other soldiers were.
Oswego Township Cemetery
Created by: James Seidelman
Record added: Nov 02, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5924019
Added: Jul. 22, 2009
Added: Aug. 12, 2008
Mayst thou rest soundly and quietly, and may the light turf lie easy on thy bones|
Oh look, a chicken!
Added: Apr. 5, 2007