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Confederate (CSV)


Marcellus Newton Moorman

(1835 - 1904)

Home State: Virginia

Education: Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Class of 1856;Class Rank: 15/33

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Lynchburg (VA) Artillery


see his Battle Report

Before Sharpsburg

A graduate of VMI (1856), he was elected Lieutenant in the Lynchburg (VA) Home Guard militia unit as it formed in November 1859 - his Captain was Samuel Garland Jr., later Brigadier General, killed at South Mountain. In 1860 he was a successful 25 year old tobacconist in Lynchburg. On 19 April 1861 Moorman formed the Beauregard Rifles, initially a zouave company, in Lynchburg, and was commissioned their Captain when they became the Lynchburg Light Artillery on 25 April 1861. They were issued artillery pieces at Norfolk in the summer of 1861.

On the Campaign

He commanded his battery on the Maryland Campaign.

The rest of the War

He was in command of Moorman's Battery in Stuart's Horse Artillery at Chancellorsville, Brandy Station, and Gettysburg. He was promoted Major 15 April 1864, and commanded Braxton's Battalion, Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. He was wounded 8 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA and was surrendered on 9 April 1865 at Appomattox Court House, VA.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1900 he was a farmer in the Brookville District near Lynchburg, VA.

References & notes

His service from Robert H. Moore II's Chew's Ashby, Shoemaker's Lynchburg, and the Newtown Artillery (1991) and his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860-1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

See his 1856 cadet portrait from the VMI Archives over on the blog.


03/13/1835; Castle Craig, Campbell County, VA


05/29/1904; Lynchburg, VA; burial in Spring Hill Cemetery, Lynchburg, VA


1   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 29850]