Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Civil War Memoir: John Gilbert Murray 8th Iowa Cavalry

The following is from Grand Army of the Republic ~ Department of New York ~ Personal War Sketches of the Members of Charles P. Sprout Post No. 76, of Lockport

Sprout who was with the New York 28th Infantry was killed in Action at Cedar Mountain, Virginia on August 9, 1862

John Gilbert Murray
Born Niagara, New York
Company “G”, 8th Iowa Cavalry

…The first battle in which I was engaged was Nashville Tenn., opposed to Hood,I think about the middle of December 1864, after which I was in minor engagements during Hood’s retreat and in various skirmishes with Guerrillas and Bushwhacking forces during Winter of 1863 and 1864 in Western Tenn.

Others during Autumn of 1864 on the route between Franklin, Tenn., and Muscle Shoals, Alabama and vicinity of Florence Ala. Some skirmishes and light engagement during Spring of 1865, on a raiding expedition, starting from Waterloo, Ala., about the 1st of April and ending at Macon Ga., about the final close of the hostilities.

The most important events in my military experience were Enlistment and Discharge. ‘Reveille’ and ‘Taps’, “Boots & Saddles’

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