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In one letter, Marty told Bloomer his leg was healing, but had suffered a setback when it became gangrenous and proved a “much more serious affair” than he had anticipated, the book says. But after a few weeks, he was able to get around on crutches.
Like the other members of Company B, Marty came back to Stillwater a transformed man. He was active in the Grand Army of the Republic — a veterans group that was the forerunner to today’s American Legion and VFW. He became a community leader in Stillwater, founding its first fire department.
He became a deputy sheriff in 1882, and was Washington County sheriff from 1891-94.
When he died in 1923 at age 85, he joined the ranks many of his wartime comrades at his final resting place at Stillwater’s Fairview Cemetery.
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