|I spoke with our archivist at the Fort Delaware Society offices this
morning. We have no record of the surname MARMION or MARMON - in fact
are no surnames in our database that start with MARM---thinking about
phonetic variations such as MARMIAN/MARMAN, or MARMIEN/MARMEN. Our
was created from microfilm prison rolls and prison hospital records for
Delaware only and does not contain CMSR data unless a family member or
interested researchers has supplied us with a copy of the man's CMSR.
I did a quick check of the National Park Service's CMSR index on line -
Louisiana state militia records for Henry and Richard MARMION are noted
there. Barry and I have previously corresponded about the possible
of those CMSR files. There is no indication at this site that a CMSR
under the name "P. MARMION." I also did the search for MARMAN, MARMEN,
MARMIN, MARMON, MARMUN, MARMIAN, MARMIEN, and MARMIUN for Louisian
Nothing came up.
My 1920 print copy of Booth's "Records" shows the entry as Private P.
(not MARMION), Company H, 8th Louisiana Infantry. There are no
muster roll records associated with this entry, only a Federal POW
his capture at Waynesboro, Pennsylvania on July 5, 1864 (probably
1863). He was sent to Fort Delaware and "wants to take the Oath."
archivist went on to cite a record identified as "1084 S. (O. C. G. P.)
1863" which stands for the Office of Commissary General of Prisoners
know what the "S" means - special order I suppose, but that is usually
as S. O.).
Art Bergeron's "Guide to Louisiana Confederate Military Units
(LSU Press, 1989) tells us that Company H, 8th Louisiana Infantry was
recruited originally from the community of Cheneyville in Rapides
was known as the Cheneyville Rifles. Colonel Henry B. Kelly was
the regiment until he was appointed judge of military court on April 6,
I have been collecting rosters of the several companies of "galvanized
Yankees" recruited from the Fort Delaware prison pen in the summer and
fall of 1863. I have not found the surname MARMION listed there either,
will keep my eyes open. Most of these men tended to use their own
A limited number of 1863 oath takers were simply released into the
public with the understanding that they would stay in the north until
war was over. I have not yet figured out the basis for their being
at all. Many would be oath takers were held in prison until the end of
The fact that there are no Confederate muster roll records under this
suggests the possibility that "P. MARMON" is an assumed name made up on
spot by some Confederate soldier in lieu of using his own name. It
also indicate that he was not enrolled in Company H, 8th Louisiana
but was "tagging along" with somebody who was.