John K. Murdoch letter
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John K. Murdoch letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Murdoch, A.A.
Creator: Murdoch, Mary
Title: John K. Murdoch letter
Dates: 1864 March 6
Quantity: 1.0 Item(s)
Identification: ahc.MSS671f

Biographical/Historical Note

John K. Murdoch, from Ithaca, New York, enlisted in the U.S. Marines in August 1862 and served as a Private on board the USS Vanderbilt chasing the CSS Alabama. Additional biographical information about John K. Murdoch has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter to John K. Murdoch from his parents and sister in Ithaca, New York. The letter discusses the health and activities of family and friends; civic affairs, including an election in which a candidate purchased votes for two dollars; and the return of the bodies of dead soldiers. Murdoch’s sister, Mary, tells a story about the husband of an acquaintance stealing jewelry from a dead Confederate soldier in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Index Terms

Ithaca (N.Y.)--History.
Murdoch, E.N.
Murdoch, John K.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
United States. Marine Corps

General Notes

America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John K. Murdoch letter, MSS 671f, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 1998

Description Control

This collection was re-processed in 2012.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

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1Letter, 1864 March 6 View online.