We often hear that people back during the war years were smaller, not as tall as people today. I've often argued against that, largely due to the fact that I found a number of people in the 37th NCT who were each over six feet tall. Earlier today, while working through the Charlotte Observer (12/16/1899), I found this piece. Both Marks and Leon served in the 53rd North Carolina Troops:
An Old Confederate Here.
Mr. Sam Marks, of Shelby, is here, attending court. Mr. Marks is about six feet six inches high. There were in his company -- Capt. Joseph Harvey White's-- 81 men over six feet. He, messers. Louis Leon and W. R. Cochrane were in the same company. Mr. Marks and Mr. Cochrane saved Mr. Leon's life once in carrying him across the Potomac when all wasn't "quiet." Marks said yesterday: "If Lee had had 500 men like Louis Leon, Bill Cochrane and myself the war would have been going on yet.."