Washington, District of Columbia. Officers and men, 3d Regiment Massachusetts Heavy Artillery in Fort Totten
The Garrison Of Fort C. F. Smith Company F 2nd Heavy Artillery Civil War (Company D~ TJ Kernan )
1865 | THE FIRST EVER MEMORIAL DAY... WAS CELEBRATED, May 1, 1865, in CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA BY FORMER SLAVES OF THE GULLAH GEECHEE NATION. Let us remember that their prayers and observations were not just for the deceased Union soldiers on that first Memorial Day, but also for members of their families and their community who died in a war that was meant to free them.
Carte de visite by Mathew Brady of New York, N.Y. Charles Armory Clark (right) served as a captain in the Sixth Maine Infantry, and received the Medal of Honor for his conduct at Brooks Ford, Va., on May 4, 1863. James William Clark (left) served as the first lieutenant of Company E of the First Maine Heavy Artillery. Whiting Clark (center) served as major of the First Maine Heavy Artillery.
First Lieutenant William Dominick Matthews, of the U.S. Colored Light Artillery, In addition, Matthews helped recruit many black soldiers. Before the Civil War, Matthews ran a boarding house in Leavenworth, Kansas, that was part of the underground railroad. The Leavenworth businessman soon was appointed captain, the highest ranking African American officer in the regiment. More extensive historical story at the link!