Biography of Stephen R. Marsh



Kalamazoo County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

When the words flashed over the wires which carried to the North the news that the first gun had been fired by traitors upon Fort Sumter, and that a long and gloomy war was upon us, there was no man who more freely responded to the Presidentís call for troops or who left home and family more willingly, to go forth and, if need be, give his life upon the altar of his countryís freedom, than Stephen R. Marsh. He enlisted as a private in Company A, 11th Regiment Michigan Infantry, on the 24th of August. 1861. to serve three years. Before leaving the State he was made a corporal, and in January, 1862, was promoted to sergeant. In March, 1863, he was again promoted. to 2d lieutenant, and in April, 1864, to 1st lieutenant. He was in the battles of Stone River. Davis Cross-Roads, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Buzzard Roost, Dallas, Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain, and Marietta; and was discharged with his regiment on the 30th day of September, 1864. No truer, braver soldier ever shouldered a musket or carried a sword, and no danger was so great or situation so hazardous that he would not face it it duty called. This is written by one who knows whereof he writes; who many times sat with him at t.he same mess-table, and often saw him in places that tried menís souls. This is written for the history of Kalamazoo County, as a tribute of love and esteem for a brave soldier and a warm friend.

History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of its Men and Pioneers.
Everts & Abbott., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia.