Young Marshall Moody

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Young Marshall Moody was born in Chesterfield County, Virginia, June 23, 1822. Going to Alabama at the age of twenty, he settled in Marengo County, and was successively school teacher, merchant, and clerk of the circuit court from 1856 until 1861. He entered Confederate service as a captain in the 11th Alabama Infantry. He assisted in raising the 43rd Alabama, of which he was elected lieutenant colonel, and Archibald Gracie, colonel. Upon the latter's promotion to brigadier in November 1862, Moody was appointed colonel of the regiment. He participated in the Kentucky campaign, and fought with great distinction at Chickamauga; later he accompanied General Longstreet on the Knoxville expedition. Early in 1864 he was at Petersburg, Virginia, under General Beauregard; he was severely wounded at Drewry's Bluff in May. During the siege he commanded his regiment until General Gracie was killed in December, after which he was placed in charge of the brigade, with formal promotion to brigadier general from March 4, 1865. General Moody was paroled at Appomattox Court House, and then went to Mobile to engage in business. While in New Orleans on business in the late summer of 1866, he contracted yellow fever and died on September 18. He was buried in New Orleans.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.

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