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Federal (USA)


Matthew Randall Marston

(1835 - 1869)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Command Billet: Commanding Company

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st and 6th United States Infantry

Before Antietam

Going by Randall, son of Captain (later Rear Admiral) John Marston III, USN, in 1860 he was a 24 year old salesman in Philadelphia, PA. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, First United States Infantry on 26 April 1861, and was promoted to First Lieutenant on 14 May 1861 and Captain on 10 January 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded Company G of the First US Infantry, attached to the 6th US Infantry on the Maryland Campaign.

The rest of the War

He was honored by brevet to Major on 4 July 1863 for his actions at Vicksburg, MS.

After the War

He continued in the Regular Army, and was killed by the explosion of a steamboat boiler on the Red or Mississippi River in Louisiana on 14 January 1869.

References & notes

His service from Heitman1 and Henry.2 Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860, and the Army and Navy Journal of 1 April 1865. His gravesite is on Findagrave; as J. (Josiah) Randall Marston, b. 1839.

He married Mary Emma Louise Shaw (c. 1837-) in February 1865.


10/13/1835; Philadelphia, PA


01/14/1869; in LA; burial in Woodlands Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 691  [AotW citation 29135]

2   Henry, Guy Vernor, Military Record of Civilian Appointments in the United States Army, 2 Volumes, New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1873, Vol. 2, pg. 302  [AotW citation 29136]