Observer-Reporter | Cemetery hopes to honor black Civil War veteran. A photograph of Capt. William Catlin from "The Civil War in Pennsylvania: A Photographic History."

Observer-Reporter | Cemetery hopes to honor black Civil War veteran. A photograph of Capt. William Catlin from "The Civil War in Pennsylvania: A Photographic History."

This photo of Robert Walker, a young African American, "First Class Boy"  dressed in a sailor's uniform, has "Our Bob", written on the bottom.

This photo of Robert Walker, a young African American, "First Class Boy" dressed in a sailor's uniform, has "Our Bob", written on the bottom.

Pvt. Jefferson Ramsey by Gayford & Speidel of Rock Island, Ill. Ramsey served his entire enlistment in the 108th U.S. Colored Infantry. This image was part of an album of cartes de visite of enlisted men in Company F of the regiment. The album was assembled by Theodore F. Wright, one of the lieutenants in command of the company.

Pvt. Jefferson Ramsey by Gayford & Speidel of Rock Island, Ill. Ramsey served his entire enlistment in the 108th U.S. Colored Infantry. This image was part of an album of cartes de visite of enlisted men in Company F of the regiment. The album was assembled by Theodore F. Wright, one of the lieutenants in command of the company.

ca. 1861-65, [Unidentified young soldier in Union sack coat and forage cap with  musket and sheathed bayonet in front of backdrop showing la...

ca. 1861-65, [Unidentified young soldier in Union sack coat and forage cap with musket and sheathed bayonet in front of backdrop showing la...

US Slave: The Whipping Scars On The Back of The Fugitive Slave Named Gordon

US Slave: The Whipping Scars On The Back of The Fugitive Slave Named Gordon

Bvt. 2nd Lt. William Thomas Ussery, Company F & Company C, 10th Arkansas Infantry CS.

Bvt. 2nd Lt. William Thomas Ussery, Company F & Company C, 10th Arkansas Infantry CS.

Private John Gooseberry, musician, 1864, tintype, Courtesy of the Massachusetts Historical Society

Private John Gooseberry, musician, 1864, tintype, Courtesy of the Massachusetts Historical Society

The Mystery of the Civil War’s Camp Casey During the Civil War’s final years, a Union base in Northern Virginia trained hundreds of African-American soldiers to fight to end slavery, one of only a few such bases inside a Confederate state. But Camp Casey has nearly disappeared from history, a mystery examined by Chelsea Gilmour. But the lack of faith in the African-American soldiers’ commitment and skill would play a decisive role in the disastrous Battle of the Crater.

The Mystery of the Civil War’s Camp Casey During the Civil War’s final years, a Union base in Northern Virginia trained hundreds of African-American soldiers to fight to end slavery, one of only a few such bases inside a Confederate state. But Camp Casey has nearly disappeared from history, a mystery examined by Chelsea Gilmour. But the lack of faith in the African-American soldiers’ commitment and skill would play a decisive role in the disastrous Battle of the Crater.

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