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Ranger Hall of Fame
The HALL OF FAME is the State designated memorial of the Texas Ranger service, commemorating the service and sacrifices of 30 Texas Rangers who gave their lives in the line of duty or made significant contributions to development of the service.
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was born in Alabama in 1833. After moving to Texas he settled in Smith
County near Tyler. During the Civil War, Marsh served with distinction
as a captain of Company C, 17th Texas Calvary. He was promoted to colonel
before the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee. He was wounded at the battle
of new Hope Church, Georgia in 1864. As a result of his wounds he lost
his right arm below the shoulder and the left hand was badly mutilated.
>Marsh was made captain of Company
B, Frontier Battalion in December of 1880. In February 1881 he and his
company were called to help with a riot situation in San Angelo. A black
soldier from Fort Concho had been shot and killed, raising tensions
between the soldiers and the townspeople. Rumors that the man responsible
for the killing was free and in San Angelo sent fifty soldiers, black
and white, from the Fort into town where they shot up the Nimitz Hotel.
Arriving at Fort Concho, Marsh held a meeting with Colonel Grierson
and asked for his assistance in helping to keep the peace. The Rangers
stayed in San Angelo for several more days. No further attacks on the
town were made.
Due to budget restrictions, Marsh's Company
B, Frontier Battalion was disbanded in August 1881. Marsh returned to
Smith County where he served as sheriff for many years. He died March
25, 1901 in Tyler.
Ranger Jeff Milton described his Captain this
". . .he would drink right smart and
scrap right smart. He was an old Confederate war colonel with one arm
shot off at the shoulder, and the other hand almost gone. But he would
fight his shadow; wa'n't afraid of anything."
Suggestions for further
Frederick Wilkins, The law comes to Texas,
Austin: State House Press, 1999
J. Evetts Haley, Jeff Milton, a good man
with a gun, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1948
J. Evetts Haley, Fort Concho and the
Texas Frontier, San Angelo, TX: San Angelo Standard-Times, 1952
Vertical files, Texas Ranger Research Center,
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, Waco, Texas