CAPT. FAYETTE WALSH
 
 

Company D, 7th Tennessee Infantry Regiment. Physical description: Complexion: DK; Hair: DK; Height: 5' 10"; Eyes: Blue. His brother, Shelby, also served in the same unit.

Civil War Records of Captain Marcus Lafayette Walsh

Capt. Fayette WALSH died at his residence in this village last Saturday night. He was buried with Masonic honors on Sunday. His wife and children have our heartfelt sympathies. (Shop Spring)


WALSH - (Died) At his residence near Shop Spring on the 7th, Mr. M.L. WALSH, after a lingering illness. He was buried on Sunday last with Masonic honors. He leaves a wife and five children.

From the W.T. Hearne history, p520, regarding his wife:  “Brunette R., daughter of William F. and Ellen (Johnston) Hearne, born 1845, married M. L. Walsh 1865. Children: John H. Sallie, Norman, David. Mary, Rufus, and Fayette. Her husband died, 1880, and she survived him only three years. She was a most beautiful and lovely woman, of medium size, with a fair complexion and blue eyes. She was fluent and interesting in conversation. Misfortunes had already befallen them when her husband died: a beautiful home, with all the surroundings necessary to contentment and happiness, had been lost. Then came the death of her husband: later, her house and its contents were consumed by fire. These calamities were all visited upon her in a few months. She had but little left besides her children, but she was not dismayed. She was buffeted by adverse waves, yet she stood coolly and courageously at her post. She was devoted to the service and worship of God and was a member of the Methodist Church South. Her children, with one exception, are members of the same church.”


Capt. Fayette Walsh has been included in three historical volumes: Walsh and Allied Lines (S. Leighland), Tennessee Valor (Thomas Verner), and Also For Glory  (Dom Ermsberger).

Marcus Lafayette Walsh [tree], son of Norman Walsh and Sarah Hearne, was born 28 Mar 1834 in Lebanon, Wilson, Tennessee, and died 07 Aug 1880 in Shop Spring, Wilson, Tennessee.  He married Brunette ‘Nettie’ R. Hearne 02 Jan 1866 in Wilson, Tennessee, daughter of William Hearne and Ellen Johnson.  She was born 1845 in Wilson, Tennessee, and died 1883.


I have seen him as just "Lafayette," "M. Lafayette," and "Marcus Lafayette" as well as “Captain Fayette Walsh”. He is mentioned in the will of Susan A. Hearn, sister of his wife Brunette, from Wilson County, Tennessee in 1873.


Excerpts of newspapers (Wilson Co News; pg. 2 on Wednesday, August 11, 1880; Lebanon, Wilson, TN):

Marcus Walsh’s Prisoner of War records


Page 417; Commissioned Officers Transferred from page 389; line 8; Walsh M. L.; Captain; 7th Tenn Inf; (company) D; (captured) Petersburg, VA; Apr 2 1865; Transferred from Johnson’s Island Mar 1 1865.


Page 318; No. 210; Walsh Marcus L.; Capt.; 7th Tenn Inf D; Farmer


Roll of Prisoners of War at Depot Prisoners of War, Near Sandusky, Ohio; Page 171; Oath; Walsh Marcus L; Capt; 7th Tenn Inf D; (captured) Hatcher's Run; (when captured) Apr 7 1865; (joined) May 3 1865; (where from) Washington D.C.; Released on oath June 20 1865 S.O. 109.


Receipt & Delivery of Express Packages (1865); pages 18 & 19; (received) April 15th;  (name of parties) M. Walsh; (receipt for) J V; (description) 1 box; (remarks) by steamer ______ (maybe says Wm Whillsen); (when delivered) April 16th.


Selected Records of the War Department Relating to Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865:

Names of Prisoners      |  Prison |  Barracks

Welch M                           |     32     |     31

Walsh M                           |       3     |       7


Page 305; Walsh Marcus L; Capt; 7th Tenn Inf D; Hatcher's Run; Apr 6 1865; Released June 20 1865 as per G.O no 109  N.G.O. Read about the capture at Hatcher’s Run here.