Black Ancestors : Cleveland, OH to add missing names of Black Civil War Veterans to Memorials

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    Names of black Civil War veterans to be added to the Soldiers & Sailors Monument in Cleveland

    By Dave Davis, The Plain Dealer
    on February 07, 2013 at 6:00 AM, updated February 07, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    ....The monument opened in 1894 to honor local residents who fought in the war, is a familiar sight on Public Square, with its imposing 125-foot column topped with a statue of the Goddess of Freedom.

    Beneath, in the Memorial Room, the names of 9,000 local residents who served the Union are engraved in the marble tablets that line the walls. But only 18 are black soldiers, even though hundreds from the area are thought to have enlisted.

    ...It's amazing," said Jerry Young, one of the trustees who led the effort to verify the black soldiers' and sailors' service. "We've got a lot of names to add. It's my hope that we can do that by late summer or early fall...

    ....In addition to the 140 people now in the process of being approved for the monument, Young said that volunteers are "one piece of information away" from verifying about 60 more people for inclusion. He has been trying to locate family members who might have kept documents that would help. Young said he's asking anyone who thinks he or she has a relative who was a black Civil War veteran to call 216-621-3710.

    Young has been working with volunteers at Cleveland's Woodland Cemetery Foundationwho are visiting churches this month to talk about the service of black Civil War soldiers and sailors. Dozens are buried at the Cleveland cemetery....


    Names of black Civil War veterans to be added to the Soldiers & Sailors Monument in Cleveland

    It's an honor that's been 119 years in the making, but officials overseeing the Soldiers and Sailors Monument downtown now say they have verified the service of 140 black Civil War veterans and are beginning to add their names to the monument's wall.


    Camp of the 27th Regiment of the U.S. Colored Troops, made up mostly of soldiers from Ohio, outside Petersburg, Va., sometime between June 1864 and April 1865. Several soldiers from the 27th Regiment are buried in Cleveland's Woodland Cemetery.
    Mathew Brady & Co, Library of Congress​


    Soldiers of the 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, the first all-black Ohio Civil War regiment, are pictured in 1863 on Sandusky Street in Delaware, Ohio. The 127th was redesignated as the 5th Regiment of the U.S. Colored Troops late in 1863. Several soldiers from these regiments are buried in Cleveland's Woodland Cemetery.
    Ohio Historical Society​