Marshall, John M.

Place of Birth: Scarborough

Date of enlistment: 6 February 1872

Age given at enlistment: 32 9/12

Rank: Private

Company: D

Location on 25 June 1876: In hilltop fight



Name, date and place of birth not yet verified. For details of his military service consult: (i) ‘Military Register of Custer’s Last Command,’ Roger L. Williams, The Arthur H. Clark Company, Norman, Oklahoma, 2009, p. 212.  (ii) ‘Men With Custer – Biographies of the 7th Cavalry,’ Edited by Ronald H. Nichols with Daniel I. Bird, CBHMA Inc., 2010, p. 246.

Did he go to Scarborough Fair?

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.
Remember me to one who lives there,
She once was a true love of mine.

Not yet fully researched.

Farrier John Marshall, a little older than the average new recruit, had blue eyes, light hair, a fair complexion, was 5′ 6″ tall, previously employed as a labourer.

He participated in both the Yellowstone Campaign (1873) and Black Hills Expedition (1874) but due to (possibly) temporarily reporting sick was left in charge of Privates Tapley and Pittet at Fort Rice to guard Company H’s property and to tend the large garden there.

After being discharged at Fort Rice on 6 February 1877, he enlisted for a second time at the same place on 3 January 1878.  It appears he deserted from Fort Lincoln on 10 May 1879.

Marshall’s fate is not known to this writer.

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