FULL STANDING VIEW OF 4TH NORTH CAROLINA CAPTAIN KILLED AT ANTIETAM -WITH RICHMOND PHOTOGAPHER’S BACK MARK

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Full standing view of a Confederate captain attributed to be William T. Marsh of the 4th North Carolina who was killed in action at Antietam.

The subject is posed leaning on his drawn sword with his right hand, while his left holds his waist belt. He wears a light-colored double-breasted frockcoat with matching trousers. The coat has a high collar with the three horizontal bars of a captain while his cuffs show a darker color. At his waist is his sword belt with rectangular plate, sash and empty scabbard.

Contrast is a bit light and the clarity is fair. Mount corners are clipped and the paper and mount edges have light surface dirt from age and storage.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint of VANNERSON… RICHMOND, VA. with collector information and ID in modern pencil at bottom.

Image is from the collection of the late William A. Turner.

William T. Marsh was born July 21, 1830 in Beaufort County, North Carolina. He graduated with high honors from Yale Law School in 1851 and returned to Beaufort County where he practiced law and then turned to agriculture.

By the outbreak of the Civil War Marsh was serving in the State Legislature where he spoke against secession until President Lincoln issued a call for 75,000 volunteers to put down the rebellion. He then raised Company I of the 4th North Carolina and became its captain on May 16, 1861.

Things did not start off well for Captain Marsh, he became ill in August of 1861 and was absent until November. After returning to his Company, he led it through the Peninsula Campaign where it was heavily engaged at Seven Pines and Gaines’ Mill.

The 4th suffered light casualties at South Mountain but at Antietam on September 17, 1862, Marsh found himself in command of the regiment defending the Sunken Road. During the fighting Captain Marsh was shot in the chest and carried to the McQuilton house in Shepherdstown where he died on the 24th.

Today Captain Marsh’s remains rest in the Marsh Family Cemetery in Bath, North Carolina. His headstone reads in part “… AFTER AN ARDUOUS AND FAITHFUL SERVICE FELL MORTALLY WOUNDED ON THE FIELD OF ANTIETAM SEPT. 17, 1862 GALLANTLY LEADING HIS VETERAN REGIMENT TO BATTLE AND TO VICTORY. HE BREATHED HIS LAST EIGHT DAYS THEREAFTER IN THE HOME OF STRANGERS WHO YET SOOTHED HIS FINAL HOURS WITH THEIR SYMPATHY AND KINDNESS.”  [ad] [ph:L]

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