In Memoriam: R.L. Murray

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 He also reproduced historical documents, and was an engaging speaker at conferences.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.

5 Responses to In Memoriam: R.L. Murray

  1. Sad, very sad.
    R.L. was gracious and helpful. Condolences to his family and may he rest in peace. God Speed!

  2. I am saddened to hear of the passing of R.L. Murray. I had the pleasure of spending some time with him via the Gettysburg Discussion Group and their yearly musters. I loved his enthusiasm for the Civil War and his passion for the story of the New York regiments. In particular, his appreciation off the leadership of George Greene and his outstanding defense of the 111th & 126th New York regiments from the unfair nickname of “the Harper’s Ferry Cowards” stand out to me. His books and conversations on these topics opened my eyes, as I’m sure he did for others. Thank you, R.L., Godspeed!

  3. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Murray at the Visitors Center in Gettsyburg a few years back. Through his books, which I have quite a few, I filled in some missing family pieces – Hart and Hitchcock related. Discovered also that General Abner Doubleday was the commander of their regiment.

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