Nov. 30, 1861 p. 1Vol. XVIII
WILLIAM H. MARSHALL.
The subject of this notice was born in the parish of Avoyelles on the 1st day of April A. D. 1844. He was the eldest son of our fellow citizen Thomas D. Marshall by his marriage with Miss J. Hockett, both of whom survive to mourn the untimely death of their gallant boy. In 1869 his father entered him as a cadet in the Military Academy near Alexandria in this State. He remained there until the close of the year, having passed two sessions of five months each. During this period, his progress in all branches of his studies was very commendable and gave great satisfaction to his parents. At the expiration of the session he returned home, having cultivated a strong desire for a military career. The occasion was not wanting; for already it had become evident from the drift of political affairs in America, that war was inevitable. In the meantime, by order of the Governor, the militia of the State organized. Our people was entirely unversed in tactics as a mass and the services of those who chanced to be at all familiar with military matters were at once called into requisition. William had basely reached his seventeenth year when this field of usefulness was opened out to him. With all the ardor and buoyancy which youth alone can boast, he seized upon the opportunity, and in the capacity of Drill Master devoted himself to the instruction of the community in which he had lived all his life.
His usefulness was highly appreciated by all the beneficiaries of his regular instructions and many, very many were the commandations and eutogmans that were pronounced upon him. The good citizens of Homesville will long remember with pride the manly bearing of this gallant boy. But another field of usefulness was soon opened up to his patriotic ambition, in the rapid progress of events, and accordingly, on or about the 10th day of June last he enlisted as a private in the Company of the Stafford Guard, and took leave of a comfortable home to share in the foils and dangers of grimvisaged war. The Stafford Guards formed a part of the 9th Regiment of Louisiana Volunteers, which was commanded by Col. Richard Taylor. Not long after reaching his destination on the Northern borders of Virginia he was taken with the measles and remained off duty for nearly one month. He recovered however and returned to camp to resume the duties and hardship of a solider. He was not permitted to remain there a great while, for the ailing angel smote him again and drove him now the post of duty to which he clung with so much fondness and devotion. He suffered for a while at the Hospital and was finally removed to the private house where he was contained and kindly cared for during his first illness. But it was too late, for in twenty four hours after he reached that hospitable roof the struggle ended, and the generous spirit of the youthful soldier winged his way to the ‘land of the hereafter’.
He ceased to breathe on the evening of the 10th day of October last, having reached the midheight of his eighteenth year. His remains were buried at Warrentown, Va., with as much care as if a father’s hand had done it. They were removed however, as soon as practicable and brought to his native State and Parish, and were finally interred at the Evergreen Cemetery on the 9th day of the present month of November. Here the Stately Magnolia waves its verdant foliage, unchanged by revolving seasons, whilst among its lofty branches the passing winds sigh an eternal requiem over his grave.
The people owe a debt of lasting respect and gratitude to the memory of William H. Marshall for his devotion to our bleeding Country’s sacred cause to which he fell, and comfort and console the hearts of his surviving kindred and friends with bright and abiding hopes of again meeting him, in that “house not made with hands eternal in the heavens.” E. N. C.
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