Last Saturday R.L. Murray passed away. Our readers may recognize his name from the New Yorkers In The Civil War Series, which he put together through his publishing house Benedum Books in Wolcott, New York. (A sample of R.L.’s books are at this link.)
Through his writings, he compiled a lot of accounts and resources about New York units and New Yorkers in various battles, mostly in the East. He also reproduced historical documents, and was an engaging speaker at conferences. Taken as a whole, he made important and lasting contributions to the Empire State’s Civil War experiences.
R.L. generously shared his scholarship, and also allowed others to join the series. He published several articles of mine in the series, in Volume 6 and 9, back in the mid 2000s.
R.L. also was a high school and community college teacher, and also made a tremendous impact on his students. The heartfelt tributes on his Facebook page speak volumes in themselves.
Between his teaching and his books, R.L. Murray led a life of impact and left important legacies. He will be missed.