Memphis Medal


In the autumn of 1873, a young North Carolinian named Daisy Murdoch was caught in Shreveport’s Yellow Fever Epidemic.  After contracting a slight case of the disease, Daisy volunteered to nurse the sick and dying in the makeshift “fever wards”.  For several months, she struggled to aid those less fortunate, but she survived.  She received for her labors a small gold medal from the city fathers.

Five years later she was teaching school in Milwaukie, Wisconsin when she received word of a devastating yellow fever outbreak centering on Memphis, Tennessee.  Daisy again offered herself as a volunteer nurse.  For the six months while yellow fever raged in the Mississippi Valley, Daisy nursed the fever victims.  And again, Daisy received another medal for her efforts.

The medal is gold and enamel with the figure of an angel triumphing over a snake representing the terrible scourge of yellow fever and inscribed with her name.

Location in Museum

Memphis Public Library


Circa 1878


The medal is now held by the Memphis Public Library who kindly provided the Talbot Museum with a electronic scan.
  • Murdoch Memphis Medal