The Pamlico Rifles
Organized in Beaufort County in 1861, William T. Marsh of Bath, commissioned captain of Company I, 4th Regiment. Marsh was fatally wounded at Antietam on September 17, 1862. “He fell gallantly, leading his veteran regiment to battle and to victory. He breathed his last 8 days thereafter in the home of strangers who yet soothed his final hours with their sympathy and kindness. Though opposing secession with all the power of his intellect; yet when the storm came, he cheerfully laid himself upon the altar of sacrifice and bravely died for North Carolina. The memories of such heroes are the richest legacies of history.”
This flag may have been made by several ladies from Washington: Mrs. S.B. Waters, Mrs. Claudia A. Benbury, Miss Jeanette McDonald, and Miss Sarah W. Williams. The flag has a blue field with a crescent outlined in gold braid containing 11 appliqued stars. “PR” appliquéd in white, hand sewn, poor condition.
Source: North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC 1938.6.2. For more information on Marsh, see Lewis, Taylor and Joanne Young, The Hidden Treasure of Bath Town and visit the Bath State Historic Site where you can visit the Palmer-Marsh house, http://www.nchistoricsites.org/bath/palmer-marsh.htm.