Thomas H. Marshall, Belfast, ca. 1860Item 22006 info
Maine State Archives
Thomas H. Marshall (1826-1861) of Belfast, studied at Bowdoin College, but was forced to leave due to illness during his sophomore year.
He returned to Belfast to work in his father's mercantile business. He was captain of the local Volunteer Militia Company, the Belfast City Greys.
He was elected to the Maine House in 1857 and 1858 and then served two years in the State Senate, being elected Senate President in 1860.
When the Civil War broke out, he chose immediately to pursue a military career, becoming part of the 4th Maine Regiment, in which he was major.
Transferred to the newly formed 7th Maine, first as its lieutenant colonel and later as its commander, Marshall was taken ill with fever at their encampment in Baltimore and died together with 80 of his men. He was 35 at the time.