A Tribute to Thomas R. Murphy

Record submitted by Emma Lou Weldon

Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry

The following information concerning Sergeant Thomas R. Murphy, was copied from the original 
leather-bound Muster book of the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (FILI). This Muster 
book contains the original entries from the birth of the FILI on 23 August 1793 through 4 July 1859.

		Called Muster		June 18, 1851

The Company was ordered out this evening 6 o'clock for the purpose of paying the last tribute 
of respect to the remains of our late fellow soldier and companion in arms Sergeant Thomas R. Murphy.  
The Company assembled at the parade ground and proceeded thence to the flag depot received the flag 
and marched thence to the residence of Mr. Duncan Campbell on Harrington Hill.  Thence the funeral 
ceremonies were performed by the Reverend A. Gilchrist.  The services being over, escorted the remains 
to the usual place of interment, thence the body was interred without the usual formalities according 
to the request of the deceased.  After which the following preamble and resolution were offered.

	Whereas the Almighty in the inscrutable dispensation of his all-wise providence has called from 
	our midst one esteemed fellow soldier Thomas R. Murphy.

	And whereas in his demise our Company has lost one of the oldest of its active members, one who 
	for more than twenty years has regularly discharged his duty as a soldier with fidelity.

	And whereas cherishing a lively sense of his virtues and deeply sympathizing with the relatives 
	and friends in the loss which they have sustained in common with this Company.

	Therefore be it resolved that in the death of Thomas R. Murphy this Company has lost an old and 
	faithful member whose uniform good conduct as a citizen and soldier has contributed much to the 
	advancement of its interest.

	Resolved that we deeply sympathize with the relatives and friends of the deceased in this their 
	sad bereavement and tender them the assuredness of our sincere condolence.

	Resolved that in testimony of our regard for the memory of our departed fellow soldier we will 
	wear the usual badge of mourning for the span of thirty days.

	Resolved that the Secretary furnish the family of the deceased with a copy of the Resolution and 
	that a copy be sent to the local newspaper.

					Respectfully submitted,
					Bruce J. Daws
					Major Infantry

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