I completed initial profiles for the enlisted men of Company H today. This company "wins" for the hardest to track down to date. There were far too many soldiers in Company H where I haven't even been able to track down a Civil War headstone yet. Plenty of work ahead!
Private Silas Burdoo was the nephew of American Revolutionary War veteran Silas Burdoo for whom he was named, and his ancestry dates all the way back to the 17th century to his first ancestor on American soil, Phillip Burdoo, who was kidnapped from Africa.
Corporal Johnson L. Terry was a freed Virginia slave and the son of freed Virginia slave Jenny Terry. His brother Charles L. Terry served with the 6th United States Colored Troops (USCT) as a First Sergeant. The highest rank attainable to black soldiers at this time was Sergeant Major.
Private Henry Thomas Winslow is the first 54th soldier I've encountered who consistently passes as white in all census records. Usually 54th soldiers passing as white also have mulatto or black census records.
Private Richard S. Winslow has a really excellent photograph of him in his later years. I really treasure these rare photographs and portraits!