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Name:Marshall McDonald
Affiliation:Class of 1860
Biography & Genealogy:Marshall McDonald, Class of 1860 (graduated 2nd out of 41): Born- June 26, 1835. Matriculated from Hampshire County, (West Virginia). At VMI 3 years (out 2 years). At UVa 1857-58. Lt, Assistant Professor of Tactics at VMI 1860-61 (assistant to Professor [later Lt Gen] T.J. Jackson who called him "a high toned gentleman of a remarkably high order of intellect...the most gifted member of the class...[of] 1860"). Miitary Record: To Richmond with Corps April 1861. Appointed Lieutenant of Engineers, Provisional Army of Virginia April 27, 1861 and ordered to Harper's Ferry for duty on Jackson's staff. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, artillery, Reserve Army Confederate States OCtober 9, 1861 and ordered to New Orleans, Louisiana. On staffs of Maj Gens M. Lovell and M.L. Smith as engineer and ordnance officer 1861-63. To Captain November 5, 1862. Captured at Vicksburg July 4, 1863. Paroled. Unofficial source says Wounded in action (leg or foot) at Vicksburg. Taught at VMI (on crutches) while awaiting exchange. Exchanged March 1864. On duty at Selma, Alabama arsenal spring 1864. Ordered to engineer duty with Army of Northern Virginia June 1864. Chief Engineer, I Corps, Army of Northern Virginia August 1864. In hospital (Richmond, Staunton) August 1864 (cystitis). Engineer in charge of defenses at Weldon, North Carolina November 1864 - January 1865. Paroled c19 April 1865 at Newton, North Carolina as Captain, Acting Chief Engineer, Department of North Carolina. Post War Career: On VMI faculty as Captain and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology 1866-67; Colonel and Professor of Mineralogy and Metallurgy 1867-1872; Colonel and Professor of Geology and Mineralogy 1873-80. US Fish Commissioner, Grover Cleveland Administration. Teacher; public official. Died- September 1, 1895.
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