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Charles Marshall
Charles Marshall
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (Confederate States, 1861-65)
Date of Birth: 1830
Date of Death: 1902
Cause of Death: Stroke
Occupation: Lawyer, Soldier, Professor of Mathematics
Parents: Alexander Marshall, Maria Taylor
Spouse: Emily Andrews, Sara Snowden
Children: Six
Relatives: George Marshall (younger cousin)
Turtledove Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Confederate States
Occupation: Soldier
Charles Marshall (October 3, 1830 – April 19, 1902) was a Confederate States Army officer during the American Civil War. Marshall served as an aide de camp, assistant adjutant general and military secretary to General Robert E. Lee.

Charles Marshall in The Guns of the South Edit

During the winter of 1863/4, Major Charles Marshall served as General Robert E. Lee's aide-de-camp as the Army of Northern Virginia wintered near Orange Court House.

On January 20, 1864 Major Marshall, along with his fellow staff officers, watched Andries Rhoodie's demonstration of a new rifle for General Lee. He assisted in placing human cut-out targets in a firing range out to 500 yards. As he returned to the firing line, he began to jokingly refer to the cut-outs by the names of various Federal generals. His fellow staff officers joined in. After the demonstration, he helped collect the cut-outs.

For whatever reason, Marshall took an immediate dislike to Rhoodie. When Rhoodie claimed he could deliver 100,000 AK-47s, Marshall expressed skepticism. Lee asked what he would do if Rhoodie failed to deliver. He replied a good horsewhipping to teach him to not brag. Rhoodie, however, was willing to risk it.

A few days later, the first shipment of AK-47s arrived. General Lee instructed Marshall to draft a letter to Colonel Josiah Gorgas asking him the feasibility of manufacturing copies of the rifles. He also directed Marshall to send a rifle and a stock of cartridges to Colonel George W. Rains to see if he could duplicate the strange smokeless powder that the rifle used.

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