Tuesday, November 9, 2010

An African-American Civil War soldier gets his headstone

As I surfed the Cincinnati Enquirer web site last night, I found this interesting link to a nice USA Today Story,   It tells how Clay Trotter, an African-American Civil War soldier, is finally getting a proper grave marker.

(Edit: I found a slightly longer article on the Enquirer website too.)

Here is a snippet from the first link: A marker finally will be placed Thursday on the grave of a black Civil War veteran who lay in an unmarked Ohio grave for nearly a century.
In a Veterans Day ceremony, a headstone will be placed on the grave of Clay Trotter, who died at the age of 90 in 1926.

According to the National Park Service's Soldiers and Sailors System website, Trotter was a member of the the 123rd Regiment of the United States Colored Troops, which served in the Louisville area during 1865 before mustering out in October of that year. 

I do wish I could take off work to attend the ceremony, but perhaps Mr. Trotter is a name I can keep in mind for some future research on his background and life. 

Oh - I also must wonder if his family ever paid back that 95 cents. :-)

Rest in peace, soldier.

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