Marshall in Madison County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The local “war within a war” had escalated in the mountains by January 1863, when Unionists from the county’s Shelton Laurel community were deprived of salt. A band of 50 or 60 Union soldiers and civilians raided Marshall, taking salt and other provisions and wounding Confederate Capt. John Peek. The raiders also ransacked the house in front of you, the home of Col. Lawrence M. Allen, 64th North Carolina Infantry. Two of
Confederate troops marched on Shelton Laurel to “put down the insurrection” and recover property taken from Marshall. Meeting resistance, the Confederates summarily executed at least 13 prisoners, men and boys, in what became known as the “Shelton Laurel Massacre.”
(lower left) Marshall, 1870s, with two-story white Allen House on right and courthouse behind it. — Courtesy North Carolina Collection, UNC, Rufus Morgan Collections
(upper center) Sheriff Ransom P. Merrill Courtesy Merrill family
(lower right) Col. Lawrence M. Allen and Mary Allen - Courtesy Mars Hill College Archives, James O. Hall Collection
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 47.838′ N, 82° 40.992′ W. Marker is in Marshall, North Carolina, in Madison County. Marker is on South Main Street (Business U.S. 70) west of Hill Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is located next to the First Baptist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 53 S Main St, Marshall NC 28753, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Robert E. Lee (within shouting distance of this marker); Buncombe Turnpike (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); David Vance (about 300 feet away); Colonel Edward F. Rector, USAF (about 300 feet away); Mars Hill College (approx. 7.7 miles away); a different marker also named Mars Hill College (approx. 7.8 miles away); Bascom Lamar Lunsford (approx. 7.8 miles away); Weaver College (approx. 9.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marshall.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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