Lieutenant Colonel Charles Marshall


Sergeant Major
Apr 1, 2016
Atlanta, Georgia
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Lieutenant Colonel Charles Marshall served as an aide-de-camp on the staff of General Robert E. Lee from 1862 till the end of the Civil War. As Lee's military ...secretary, Marshall drafted orders and dispatches and collected important documents. In this capacity, he selected the McLean House for the surrender and accompanied General Lee to the meeting with General Ulysses S. Grant, composing Lee’s letter accepting the terms. In addition, Marshall wrote General Order Number 9, Lee’s famous farewell address to the Army of Northern Virginia.

Born in Warrenton, Virginia, in 1830, Marshall was the great-nephew of Chief Justice John Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. A graduate of the University of Virginia, he taught at Indiana University before becoming a lawyer in Baltimore. Following the war, Marshall returned to his legal practice but never turned his back on his wartime experiences. He crafted and delivered the dedication addresses for the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond as well as the Ulysses S. Grant tomb in New York City. Marshall died in 1902; his nephew, General George C. Marshall, served as Chief of Staff of the United States Army during World War II.

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