Today, we see that Flossie is visiting the grave of William Marsh, which sits in a cemetery between our visitor center and the Palmer-Marsh House – he was the grandson of the first Marshes to live in that home, Jonathan and Ann Bonner Marsh (Ann was Joseph Bonner’s sister. He built the 1830 house in town called the Bonner House.) Flossie was sad reading about Mr. Marsh’s death on fancy gravestone, which is called an obelisk. Its four sides allowed more room for writing and its tall presence with a top reminds us of the shape of a pyramid. The look of such a stone is dramatic and eye-catching, worthy of a Civil War hero, which is the way his family and town would have regarded him.
William Marsh was born on July 1830 here in Beaufort County, North Carolina. The writing on his tombstone tells us that he died from a serious wound he received during the Battle of Antietam. This battle took place in Maryland and is called the bloodiest single day in American military history! The man suffered a really bad injury, but it took eight more days before he died! The obelisk tells us that he died in the home of strangers “who yet soothed his final hours with their sympathy and kindness.” Flossie was so glad that there were kind people to take care of him that she started to feel better!
You can watch an animated story of the battle Mr. Marsh fought in at the following website: http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/antietam/maps/antietam-animated-map.html . Our country has been recognizing the sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, of the Civil War over the past four years. It is getting closer to the end of the war, which ended in 1865.
If you can go to Bentonville Battleground this weekend, there will be a very large reenactment of the battle that occurred in that part of North Carolina. Learn more about the big event at http://fobb.net/150thBentonville.aspx.