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

Gilead Cemetery, Bethel, Kentucky


Submitted by Nina Young-Bennett

Oliver Saunders

Frank Saunders

My 2nd great-grandfather, Oliver SAUNDERS, who served under the name alternate names Oliver HENDRIX and Oliver HENDRICKS, in the USCT.  He mustered in at Greenupsburg, KY, if I am not mistaken, and did so along with his older brother, Frank.  He was a Private in Co. B 121 US Colored Infantry.  At the time he mustered out, he was a Corporal with Co. H - 13 US Colored Heavy Artillery.  He shares a headstone with wife, Katherine Jones SAUNDERS, and Perry SAUNDERS--a child who only lived from 2/1893 - 3/1894.  I have not found any documentation to determine whether Perry was their child, grandchild, or some other relative.  Has two plaques (D-124 & B-28) at the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, DC.

Nina Young-Bennett

Frank SAUNDERS (8/15/1846 - 5/23/1933),  Oliver's brother,  served under Frank HENDRIX, Franklin HENDRIX, and Frank/Franklin HENDRICKS.  He was in the exact same units and attained the exact same ranks as my great-great-grandfather, although their muster-out dates differed slightly.  Frank shares a headstone with his wife Caroline STEWART, who is related to me on two branches of the family, as her brother married my great-grandmother, and they are my ancestors.  Displayed at the African American Civil War Memorial twice: Displayed as: Franklin Hendricks Plaque Number: B-28 -- Displayed as: Franklin Hendricks   D-124

Nina Young-Bennett


Category: Civil War | Subcategory: Resting Places | Tags: Washington
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