- Francis Marion McMahan is said to have enlisted first in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He may have collected a Confederate pension. None of this has been confirmed.
Marion McMahan next served as a Private for the Union in Company E 2nd Tennessee Cavalry. He enlisted in Nicolasville, Kentucky 1 December 1862 age 21, fair complexion, blue eyes, fair hair with farmer as an occupation. He was mustered out 6 July 1865 in Nashville, Tennessee.
2nd Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry
Organized at Murfreesboro, Tenn., July, 1862. Attached to 7th Division, Army of the Ohio, to October, 1862. District of West Virginia, Dept. of the Ohio, to November. Unattached Cavalry, Cavalry Division, 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, November, 1862. Reserve Cavalry, Cavalry Division, Dept. of the Cumberland, to March, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Army of the Cumberland, to January, 1864. 3rd Brigade, Cavalry Division, 16th Army Corps, Dept. of the Tennessee, to April, 1864. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, Cavalry Corps, Dept. of the Cumberland, to June, 1864. District of North Alabama, Dept. of the Cumberland, to October, 1864. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, Cavalry Corps, Military Division Mississippi, to November, 1864. 1st Brigade, 7th Division, Cavalry Corps, Military Division Mississippi, to March, 1865. Dept. of Mississippi to May, 1865. Dept. of the Cumberland to July, 1865.
SERVICE.-Operations about Cumberland Gap, Tenn., till September, 1862. Evacuation of Cumberland Gap and retreat to Greenupsburg, Ky., September 17-October 3. Operations in the Kanawha Valley, W. Va., till November. Ordered to Cincinnati,Ohio, thence to Louisville, Ky., and to Nashville, Tenn. Advance on Murfreesboro, Tenn., December 26-30. Nolensville December 27-28. Triune December 28. Wilkinson's Cross Roads December 29. Lizzard's between Triune and Murfreesboro December 29. Overall's Creek December 30. Battle of Stones River December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863. Lytle's Creek January 5. Reconnoissance to Auburn, Liberty and Cainsville January 21-22. Expedition to Franklin January 31-February 13. Unionville, Middletown and Rover January 31. Rover February 13. Near Murfreesboro March 22. Operations against Pegram March 22-April 2. Danville March 24. Engagement at Franklin April 10. Expedition to McMinnville April 20-30. McMinnville April 21. Hickory Creek April 21. Slatersville April 22. Alexandria April 23. Wartrace April 29 and June 3. Triune June 9 and 11. Middle Tennessee or Tullahoma Campaign June 23-July 7. Eaglesville and Rover June 23. Middleton June 24. Fosterville, Guy's Gap and Shelbyville June 27. Bethpage Bridge, Elk River, July 1-2. Cocke County July 10. Expedition to Huntsville, Ala., July 13-22. Sparta August 9. Crossing Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and Chickamauga (Ga.) Campaign August 16-September 2. Reconnoissance from Shellmound toward Chattanooga August 30-31, Will's Valley August 31. Winston's Gap, Alpine, September 9. Alpine and Dirt Town September 12. Reconnoissance toward Lafayette September 13. Stevens' Gap September 18. Battle of Chickamauga, Ga., September 19-21. Dry Valley September 21. Operations against Wheeler and Roddy September 30-October 17. Anderson's Cross Roads October 2. Fayetteville October 13-14. Duty on Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad till December. Operations about Dandridge and Mossy Creek December 24-28. Expedition to Memphis, Tenn., December 28-January 4, 1864, thence moved to Colliersville, Tenn., January 14. Skirmish near Mossy Creek, Tenn., January 12, 1864 (Detachment). Smith's Expedition to Okolona, Miss., February 11-26. Near Okolona February 18. Houston February 19. West Point February 20-21. Prairie Station February 21. Okolona February 22. Tallahatchie River February 22. Ordered to Nashville, Tenn., February 27, and duty there till June. Duty on line of Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad, and in District of North Alabama till November. Operations in District of North Alabama June 24-August 20. Pond Springs, Ala., June 29. Operations against Wheeler August-September. Expedition from Decatur to Moulton August 17. Near Antioch Church August 18-19. Courtland and near Pond Springs August 19. Pursuit of Wheeler to Shoal Creek September 8-11. Operations against Forest and Hood September 16-November 3. Athens October 1-2. Defence of Decatur October 26-29. Nashville Campaign November-December. Owens' Cross Road December 1. Near Paint Rock Bridge December 7. Battle of Nashville December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-28. Hollow Tree Gap, Franklin and West Harpeth River December 17. Rutherford Creek December 19. Lynnville December 23. Anthony's Hill near Pulaski December 25. Sugar Creek December 25-26. Near Decatur December 27-28. Pond Springs and Hillsboro December 29. Near Leighton December 30. Russellville December 31. Duty at Gravelly Springs, Ala., till February 6, 1865. Moved to Vicksburg, Miss., thence to New Orleans, La., February 6-March 10. Return to Vicksburg, Miss., and duty there and at various points in the Dept. of Mississippi till May 27. Ordered to Nashville, Tenn., reporting there June 12. Mustered out July 6, 1865.
Regiment lost during service 2 Officers and 14 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 208 Enlisted men by disease. Total 224.
F. M. and Nancy were married by R. R. Ragan, Marriage License issued 2 March 1866 signed by W. H. Duggan, Sevier County, Tennessee County Clerk.
Listed in 1870 Federal Census of 13th District, Sevier County, Tennessee as 27 year old farmer. Henry Weeks 22 is listed in the McMahan household as farm laborer.
Charter member of the Shady Grove Baptist Church in Sevier County, Tennessee. He is also listed as one of the first teachers of the Union Sunday School formed at the church on the third Sunday in April 1884.
Rosa Lee Downey lists Marion's birth date as 1841.
"The Townsend Heritage," Kathy Townsend, 1984, p 33, 111, 112.
Rosa Lee Downey notes, 16 June 1983, p 12, 33.
F. Marion McMahan Civil War pension and military papers, National Archives.
"2nd Tennessee Cavalry Reg.", http://www.tngenweb.org/civilwar/usa2cav.html.