Civil War-era Medal of Honor put on permanent display in Tazewell County

PEKIN (WEEK) — A Medal of Honor once awarded to a Civil War veteran is now on display at the Tazewell County Clerk’s Office.

The medal belonged to Dr. Thomas Murphy, who was awarded the medal for his heroic actions in the Siege of Vicksburg in Mississippi.

Historical records say on September 30, 1864, Murphy voluntarily crossed a line of heavy fire to deliver a message to Union troops, stopping them from firing on other Union troops.

Two years ago, Tazewell County Clerk John Ackerman and the late director of the Tazewell County Historical Museum, Christal Dagit, found a living descendant of Murphy’s in Utah, as part of their research into the three Medal of Honor recipients from Tazewell County.

With that relatives permission, the county will continue to display the medal, but now in a permanent, public display at the Tazewell County Recorder of Deeds Office in Pekin.

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