Marshall Harvey Twitchell

Marshall Harvey Twitchell

Townshend, Windham County, Vermont, USA
Death 21 Aug 1905 (aged 65)
Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada
Burial Townshend, Windham County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 30312685 · View Source
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Civil War Veteran and Louisiana Political Leader. In 1861 he enlisted in Company I, 4th Vermont Infantry, rose to First Sergeant and suffered a near fatal head wound. He then received a Captain's commission and served as commander of Company H, 109th Colored Infantry. In 1865 he became head of the Freedman's Bureau for Louisiana's Bienville Parish. Deciding to remain, he purchased a plantation, married into a prominent local family, and emerged as political head of Red River Parish and a leader of Louisiana's Reconstruction government as a State Senator. His success enabled his family to join him, but by the mid 1870s, Democrats resorted to violence to reacquire power, and Twitchell's brother and three brothers in law were murdered. In May, 1876, an attempt was made to murder Twitchell and another brother in law, and the brother in law was killed, while Twitchell was shot six times. Both his arms were amputated, and after President Hayes agreed in 1877 to end Reconstruction as part of the compromise that enabled him to take office, Twitchell's property was expropriated and he left Louisiana. In 1878 he was named US Consul in Kingston, Canada, where he served until his death. Late in life he prepared a draft of his memoirs, but died before it was completed. This manuscript was edited by Ted Tunnell and published in 1989 as "Carpetbagger from Vermont". Twitchell's experiences were also the subject of Tunnell's "Edge of the Sword" and Jimmy G. Shoalmire's "Carpetbagger Extraordinary".

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Marshall Harvey Twitchell (29 Feb 1840–21 Aug 1905), Find a Grave Memorial no. 30312685, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Townshend, Windham County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Bill McKern (contributor 46817687) .