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The Captain Marsh Monument
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
The Captain Marsh Monument at Fort Ridgely reads as follows: "In Memory of Capt. John Marsh, First Sergeant Russell H. Findley, Serg't Joseph S. Besse; Privates Charles R. Bell, Edwin F. Cole, Charles E. French, John Gardner, Jacob A. Gehring, John Holmes, Christian Joerger, Durs Kanzig, James H. Kerr, Wenzel Kusda, Henry McAllister, Wenzel Norton, Moses P. Parks, John W. Parks, John Parsley, Harrison Phillips, Nathaniel Pitcher, Henry A. Shepherd, Nathan Stewart, Charles W. Smith of Co. B, died Aug. 18, 1862. Private Mark M. Greer, Co. C, died Aug. 22, 1862. Fifth Regiment Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. Peter Quinn, U. S. Interpreter, Killed at Redwood Ferry, Aug. 18, 1862." The face of the monument bears the words: "Erected by the State of Minnesota. 1873."
The men are buried in two trenches. From north to south on the west side the bodies are those of Nathan Stewart, Jacob A. Gehring, Charles E. French, Charles R. Bell, First Sargeant R. H. Findley, Capt, John S. Marsh, Sargeant S. A. Trescott, Corporal J. S. Besse, Edwin F. Cole, John Gardner and Interpreter Peter Quinn. From north to south on the east side the bodies are those of Nathaniel Pitcher, Harrison Phillips, John Parsley, John W. Parks, Moses P. Parks, Wenzel Norton, James H. Kerr, Durs Kanzig, Christian Joerger, John Holmes and Charles W. Smith. The bodies of Wenzel Kusda, Henry McAllister and Henry A. Shepherd were never found but their names are on the monument, as is that of Mark M. Greer, of Co. C, killed at the battle of Fort Ridgely.
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