The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 196
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selection over the heads of others who were qualified, was looked
upon as savoring too much of a spirit of political favoritism.1e
The attitude toward Marshall changed as the men grew to
know him better:
Colonel Marshall was a literary man of liberal views and fine
attainments, an excellent writer, and a close, logical reasoner, of
quick perception and excellent forecast. . . The regiment soon
learned to appreciate his value, for, possessing high business quali-
fications, and being a warm personal friend of the President, they
found that through him they would be able to procure all the neces-
saries and comforts for the campaign.17
Marshall continued his editorial correspondence to the Gazette,
although he never got to see a copy after he reached Virginia.
He wrote on September 29, 1861:
I am a spectator here, and I do entreat our patriotic women to
think of our sons in this distant land. .. Send them newspapers.
The Gazette is eagerly sought after, and yet I have not been able to
put my hand on a single copy.'8
The correspondence was written from Camp McLeod, near
Dumfries, Virginia. The countryside there was in a poor economic
state, and, Marshall wrote, "Well, at least we are certainly not
fighting for these worn out towns and bleak barren hills.""
Marshall was promoted to full colonel on March 3, 1862, when
Colonel John Bell Hood was promoted to commander of the
brigade. The first major engagement for the brigade, assigned
to the Army of the Potomac, was in the Seven Days' Battles
around Richmond, June 25-July 1, 1862. Colonel Marshall fell,
pierced by a Minid ball, as he was wheeling to lead a charge at
Gaines Farm on June 27, 1862. He was buried in the Confed-
erate Cemetery in Richmond.20 He had lived up to E. H.
Cushing's praise in the Houston Telegraph when he said, "Col.
Marshall is a brave and gallant gentleman, and will be in the
fore front of the battle when there is any fighting to be done."21
leNicholas A. Davis, The Campaign from Texas to Maryland (Houston, 1863),
18Texas State Gazette, November 2, 1861, p. 1.
l9Ibid., November g, 1861, p. 1.
2oDavis, The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, 7o.
21Texas State Gazette, October 26, 1861, p. 2.
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