Henry Marchmore Shaw

Henry Marchmore Shaw

Birth
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 1 Feb 1864 (aged 44)
New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Shawboro, Currituck County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 7191811 · View Source
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Civil War Confederate Army Officer, US Congressman. He was elected represent North Carolina's 1st District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1853 to 1855 and from 1857 to 1859. When the Civil War broke out, he was appointed as Colonel and commander of the 8th North Carolina State Troops, whose training he oversaw. He led his command in its September 1861 occupation of Roanoke Island, North Carolina, and is minor operations against the small amount of Union troops in the area. His regiment performed mostly garrison duty on the Island, and was responsible for the construction of many of the defenses. When the 8th North Carolina was augmented by other Confederate troops, Colonel Shaw was placed in command of the Rebel forces on the island. In February 1862 a large expeditionary force under the command of General Ambrose Burnside invaded in the island, and drove out the woefully undermanned Confederate forces under Henry Shaw, who was captured. Eventually paroled and exchanged, he returned to his unit, and was killed in action two years later while fighting to recover New Bern, North Carolina, from occupying Union forces.

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  • Added: 17 Feb 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7191811
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Marchmore Shaw (20 Nov 1819–1 Feb 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7191811, citing Shaw Family Cemetery, Shawboro, Currituck County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .