G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
30th MISSOURI VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 9 & 10/62 St. Louis, MO
Mustered Out: 8/31/65 Columbus, TX
Discharged: 9/11/65 St. Louis, MO
The 30th, a three-year “western theater” regiment, came into existence in the fall of 1862 via the combination of companies from two units then under formation. It almost immediately went into service at Cape Girdeau, MO. The regiment completed the year as part of Gen. Sherman’s Yazoo Expedition.
Early 1863 found the 30th involved in the assault on and capture of Ft. Hindman in AR. Mid year found them in the siege and assaults on Vicksburg and Jackson, MS. Garrison duty at Vidalia, MS followed. The opening of 1864 had the 30th repulsing Confed. General Camille A.J.M. Polignac’s attack on Vidalia.
Movements in and out of Vicksburg then preceded transfer to Port Hudson, LA and on to TN and AR. During the latter part of ’64 the regiment was consolidated into a four company Battalion. 1865 dawned with the 30th moving into AL for the siege of Mobile. In April the regiment occupied that city.
In June they moved to Galveston, TX and, in early July, on to Columbus. Final muster and discharge soon followed.
Residence: Inf. Not Avail. Age:
Enrolled: 8/14/62 St. Louis, MO Rank: 1st Sgt.
Discharged: 8/21/65 Columbus, TX
Highest Rank: 1st Sgt.
John Rodenbush was born 8/17/31 in Berks County, Pennsylvania near Reading in the southeast corner of the state. No details are available on his birth family or formative years. In 1862 when John responded to his country’s Call To Arms, the 5’7” blue eyed “saw miller” was above average in age for a Civil War soldier.
While records are silent as to why he volunteered, they are clear on the fact that he entered the military under the name of John H. (or E.) Marshall. During the winter of 1862/63 it appears Sergeant Rodenbush/Marshall was serving detached duty in the Pioneer Corps, a construction arm of the Army. It appears that at some point in this assignment he was returning from a scouting trip when he was thrown from his horse and received a herniated rupture to the groin.
It was this injury that would later result in the veteran soldier receiving a government disability stipend that amounted to $20 per month at the time of his death.
Following The War, Mr. Rodenbush a.k.a. Marshal settled in Plymouth, IN and then Canal, MI. In 1867 he married Sarah Yerth. The couple produced one son whose name appears to have been Edward John (9/4/69) and a daughter whose name is not given. Sarah died in 1887 in Warsaw, WI. John was to reside in one additional WI location before moving west to Snohomish, WA.
Although he is listed in 1905 census numbers, exactly when John arrived in the Puget Sound area is not known, although he is listed here in the 1905 census. Most likely he moved to Snohomish to be near the family of his son who was manager of the Snohomish Milk Condensery. John Rodenbush/Marshall died 10/7/10 at the age of 79.1 years.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
George & Randee Burbidge
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