Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Marshall W. Foster

Marshall W. Foster was born in 1842, the son of Cynthia A. (b. 1816 in New York)

Marshal was 19 years old and probably living in Carlton, Barry County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company E on May 13, 1861. On November 23, 1861, from “Camp Eagle” in Virginia, Marshall wrote home to his “Dear mother,”

Your kind letter . . . arrived here . . . and was received with great pleasure by me, but I have delayed answering it because it was so near payday, and soon I will write a few lines tho I have not much time and am not in the best of spirits. We are still at Fort Lyon playing up Paddy on the camel. We have not had a sight of our rebel friends as yet but they threaten every day to come down here and make us swim the Potomac (thus says a deserter of their army). But if we wait for them we will die of old age before we meet them.

He was wounded on May 31, 1862, at Fair Oaks, Virginia, subsequently hospitalized, and was a Corporal when he died of his wounds on June 16, 1862, at Portsmouth, Virginia. Although Marshal was reportedly buried at Portsmouth, he was apparently reinterred in Hampton National Cemetery, section B, row 19, grave no. 18.

In 1877 his mother applied for and received a pension (no. 183332). His mother remarried William Morgan and by 1870 and in 1880 she was living with her second husband in Hastings, Barry County

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