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Robert Murphy MayoRoster ID 637
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1857|
|Biography & Genealogy:||Robert Murphy Mayo, Class of 1857: Born- April 28, 1836 in Westmoreland Co. Va. Father- Judge Robert Mayo; Mother- Emily Ann Campbell Pat. Grandfather- Joseph Mayo; Pat. Grandmother- Jane Poythress Mat. Grandfather- John Campbell; Mat. Grandmother- Eliza A. Murphy Married- Lucy R. Claybrook in 1867 Children- 1- Richard C. Mayo; 2- Charlotte Mayo Johnson, who married Thomas J. Johnson of Baltimore; 3- Archibald C. Mayo Entered VMI- July 31, 1854; Graduated July 4, 1857 standing 2 in a class of 23 Civil War Service- Enlisted as Major and commanded at Mathias Point in the summer of 1861 until assigned to the 47th Va. Infantry; Elected Col. on May 1, 1862; Wounded in Action at the Second Battle of Manassas; Commanded Brig. Gen. J. Kemper's brigade at Gettysburg July 3, 1863- unofficial source says he was wounded during that battle as well; Court Martialed July 8, 1863 after being found guilty of drunkenness while on duty, but retained grade and command; Often commanded brigade throughout 1864-65; Signed parole in Richmond Apr. 27, 1865 Careers- Teacher; Lawyer; Taught Math at Mount Pleasant Military Academy in NY 1857-58; Lieut. Asstistant Prof. of Math and Tactics at VMI 1858-59 while studying law at Washington College (now Washington & Lee University); Representative of Northumberland and Westmoreland Cos. in Va. House of Delagates 1881-82 and 1885-88; on VMI Board of Visitors 1882-84; Representative of 1st District of Va. in US House of Reps. 1883-84 Died- March 29, 1896|