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Civil War Soldiers - Marston

Marston, Gilman, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Oxford, N. H., Aug. 20, 1811. He was brought up on his father's farm, taught school in order to pay his way through college, and was graduated at Dartmouth in 1837. He was then principal of an academy at Indianapolis, Ind., in 1837-38, and was graduated at the Harvard law school in 1840. He was admitted to the bar in 1841, practiced in Exeter, N. H., and was a representative in the state legislature in 1845-46-47 and 1848, subsequently in 1872-73-76-77, and during the biennial terms of 1879-80, 81-82, 83-84, 85-86 and 87-88. He was a delegate to the state constitutional conventions of 1850 and 1876. Early in 1861 he recruited the 2nd N. H. volunteers, of which he became colonel and which he led in the battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861. He served under McClellan on the Peninsula, and with Burnside at Fredericksburg, where his regiment was in the 1st brigade, 2nd division, 3d corps, and he was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers Nov. 29, 1862. He served throughout the remainder of the war, being several times wounded, and resigned April 20, 1865. Gen. Martston served in Congress from 1859 to 1863 and from 1865 to 1867, but was defeated for election to the 46th Congress. He declined an appointment as governor of Idaho territory, 1870. He served as United States senator, under appointment of Gov. Sawyer, as successor to William E. Chandler, from Feb. 15 to June 18, 1889. He died in Exeter, N. H., July 3, 1890.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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