John Marshall: A Biography (1755- 1835)
Military Service (1775-1781)
John Marshall and his father were patriots and among the first men to enlist in the Revolutionary War. Marshall first joined the Culpeper Minutemen as a lieutenant. He fought with the militia at the Battle of Great Bridge.
When the minutemen were disbanded, Marshall then joined the Virginia Continental Regiment. As part of the army, Marshall fought in many famous battles, such as Brandywine Creek, Germantown, Monmouth, Norfolk and Stony Point. John Marshall was even at Valley Forge through the winter of 1777-1778 as an aide to General George Washington. In 1778, Marshall was promoted to the rank of captain and placed on Washington's staff.
Through his service in the war, John Marshall gained a strong sense of nationalism. He loved American and was a true patriot. This sense of nationalistic pride would stay with him as he left the army in 1791 and began to pursue a career in law.
The flag of the Culpeper Minutemen.
Troops at Valley Ford.