About Marcellus Newton Moorman
Major Marcellus N. Moorman, Stuart Horse Artillery, Cavalry Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.
In the Battle of Chancellorsville, Major Moorman was riding beside General Stonewall Jackson when he was fatally shot by his own men.
MAJOR MARCELLUS N. MOORMAN was born and wedded in Campbell county, Virginia which was always his home. March 13, 1835, is the date of his birth, and on January '20, 1863, Rev. S. T. Moorman united him in marriage with Ellen, daughter of John C. and Catharine (Leftridge) Moorman. The record of their children is: Marcellus N., Jr., born November 1, 1864; Etta H. born March 24, 1866, died October 25, 1867; J. Pelham, born June 11, 1868; Annie C., born February 19, 1875, died May 9,1876; L. Leftwich, born April 21,1873.
In April, 1861, Mr. Moorman entered the Confederate States Army, in the Beauregard Rifles, but in a short time was commissioned captain of Moorman's battery of six guns. After a year's service he was transferred to the Stuart Horse Artillery. In 1863 he was promoted major of artillery. Except when disabled by wounds he was in constant service in the field till the close of the war, participating in over sixty engagements, among which were the battles of Malvern Hill, Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. He was wounded in the right foot, and again (at Spotsylvania C. H.) in the right shoulder, Paroled at Appomattox Court House.
In the Battle of Chancellorsville, Major Moorman was riding beside General Jackson, (who was his teacher in former years) when that loved leader received the fatal shot. After the General fell, Major Moorman took charge of "Old Sorrel," which later he turned over to Gen. Stuart. The last words of General Jackson were addressed to Major Moorman.
E. H. Moorman, brother of Marcellus N., was in the artillery service, C. S. A., throughout the war.
After the war, Major Moorman engaged in the tobacco commission business.
Source: Virginia and Virginians: History of Volume 2; by Robert Alonzo Brock, Virgil Anson Lewis; publ. 1888; transcribed by Andrea Pack pgs. 556 to 595
Major Moorman's account of the wounding of General Stonewall Jackson: