Lest We Forget - African American Military History by Researcher, 
					Author and Veteran Bennie McRae, Jr.

Hi Benny and thanks for the info

MICHIGAN CEMETERIES

Resting Places of Civil War Veterans

By Mark Jennings

Hi Benny and thanks for the info. I think the site was down when I tried to access it.

I just noticed a HUGE mistake on my part. A few years ago I sent you "Hillside Cemetery, Ypsilanti, MI" info when it should have been Highland Cemetery! I do not know how I did that??? I remember reading the other people's info and then e-mailed you with a list of many more soldiers and the note about Black and White soldiers being buried side by side.

This side by side burial issue has intrigued me. I have talked to several college professors, Civil War buffs and even Detroit's Elmwood Cemetery Historian and no one has been able to answer why Black and White soldiers were given such equal respect. The mystery the last three years has widened! I have discovered several more Michigan Cemeteries where there seems to be no racial issues when it came to the graves of Black and White soldiers. The only racism I have seen concerns Protestant and Catholic!

The Protestants and Catholics almost always kept their burials separate. In many cases the two different cemeteries were located right next to each other or separated by the road.

I did find one cemetery in a very affluent "White" area. In this very small, old cemetery, I found three 102nd USCT graves. These three men were buried together in the very back corner of the cemetery, about 20 feet from the nearest other burials. This is more of what I expected from the racist views of the 1880's thru 1920's when the old Civil War Soldiers were dying and racism in America was so great!

I will now submit my new cemetery info for you if you want. In Michigan I noticed that Black soldier's graves were listed two different ways for the same unit. The 1st Michigan Colored Infantry later became the 102nd USCT I find these men listed as 1st Mich Col Inf or 102nd USCT in the cemeteries. I type them as I find them. Some of the men listed below are actually White soldiers who later joined Black units. I do not know if you are collecting all USCT soldiers or just the Black soldiers. I will make note and include White soldiers if you need or want them. I have walked about 150 cemeteries in the three county metro Detroit area. I have not done the larger cemeteries in Downtown Detroit yet.

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I walk cemeteries in the tri-county Detroit area for Civil War Vets. I did this cemetery two years ago. It seems that you only listed the Colored troops that were buried up front in the GAR section.

I walked the entire cemetery. I found several more 102nd USCT, a few other USCT regiments (non-Michigan) and even one guy from the 54th Mass Reg. in the rest of the large cemetery. If you are interested I can find my notes and send them to you.

I send my research to Don Harvey's "Michigan in the Civil War" site. This site has tons of Michigan CW info including the 102nd USCT. Beside rosters, unit histories, war-time deaths a message board; they also collect brurial info on all Mi vets. Other states troops are taken and sent to the National site recording all soliders.

Mark Jennings

 

 


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Posted by: Bennie J. McRae, Jr.
LWF Communications
Trotwood, Ohio

Category: Civil War | Subcategory: Resting Places | Tags: Michigan
Related Topics / Keywords / Phrases: 1880, 1920, Civil War, Detroit, MI, Michigan, Ohio,