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Federal (USV)


Salome Marsh

(1829 - 1909)

Home State: Maryland

Command Billet: Commanding Company

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Maryland Infantry

Before Antietam

Enrolled as First Lieutenant, Company B, 5th Maryland Infantry on 24 September 1861. Promoted Captain, Company F on 23 July 1862.

On the Campaign

Initially in command of Company F, he assumed command of the Regiment when both Maj Blumenberg and Capt Bamberger (Co. B) were seriously wounded. He commanded the regiment during the remainder of the day. He was slightly wounded at Antietam.

The rest of the War

Captured at Winchester, VA on 15 June 1863 and spent 9 months at Libby Prison, Richmond - released on exchange 21 March 1864. Promoted to Major to date from 15 June 1863 and Lieutenant Colonel 12 May 1864. Discharged on disability 31 August 1864.

After the War

He was a property agent in Baltimore at the 1880 US Census.

References & notes

Service information from the Roster1. Details from family genealogists online. An account of his captivity is in his testimony during the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators, May 1865 [pdf]. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Margaret L. Maguire (1835-1877) in May 1850. He married again, to Sarah Elizabeth Kilman (1855-1924) about 1878 and they had 4 children.


02/09/1829 in MD


02/09/1909; Baltimore, MD; burial in Baltimore Cemetery, Baltimore, MD


1   Wilmer, L. Allison, and J.H. Jarrett, George H. Vernon, State Commissioners, History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-5, Baltimore: Press of Guggenheimer, Weil & Co., 1898, Vol. 1, pg. 181  [AotW citation 14237]