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Confederate (CSV)


William Thomas Marsh

(1830 - 1862)

Home State: North Carolina

Education: Yale Law, Class of 1852

Command Billet: Company Officer

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A lawyer and farmer, he was a Whig representative of Beaufort County in the North Carolina General Assembly in 1861. He was commissioned Captain of the "Pamlico Rifles", Company I of the Fourth Regiment on 10 May 1861 as the regiment was first organized. He was reelected to the legislature shortly before Sharpsburg, but decided to remain with his men.

On the Campaign

He was in command of the regiment in the Sunken Road on the morning of 17 September. He was mortally wounded in action there.

The rest of the War

He was followed in command of the Company by his brother Edward, who was later Major of the regiment and retired on disability due to wounds.

References & notes

Information about his pre-War life from a bio sketch from the Palmer-Marsh House site and his Yale obituary1. Service date from Moore's Roster2 with further information from Clark3.

More on the Web

His Yale law diploma [image] was offered for sale online by Continental Auctions.


07/21/1830; near Indian Island, NC


09/25/1862; Shepherdstown, VA; burial in Palmer-Marsh House yard, Bath, NC


1   Yale University, Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University, 1900-1910, New Haven: The Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor Co., 1910, pg. 1369  [AotW citation 1044]

2   Moore, John Wheeler (compiler), and State of North Carolina, Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States, 4 volumes, Raleigh: Ashe & Gatling, State Printers and Publishers, 1882, Vol. 1, pg. 150  [AotW citation 1045]

3   Clark, Walter, editor, Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-1865, 5 vols., Raleigh and Goldsboro (NC): E. M. Uzzell, Nash Brothers, printers, 1901, Vol. 1, pp. 231, 233, 246, 247, 267, 270  [AotW citation 1046]