Private in Company A of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry of the Union Army, the first regiment in the United States made up entirely of enlisted men of color. He was about 26 years old, widowed and working as a brakeman when he enlisted on 12 May 1863 in Lafayette, Indiana. He was captured on 18 July 1863 at the Second Battle of Fort Wagner and survived the prisoner of war camps until his death from typhoid fever on 20 December 1864 in the Florence Stockade in Florence, Southern Carolina. His final resting place is in a grave marked Unknown in Florence National Cemetery in Florence, South Carolina.
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Categories: 54th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry (Colored), United States Civil War | Prisoners of War, United States of America, United States Civil War | Brakemen | Lafayette, Indiana | Second Battle of Fort Wagner | Prisoners of War, United States Civil War | Florence Stockade, Florence, South Carolina | Died while Prisoner of War, United States Civil War | Died of Disease, United States Civil War | Typhoid Fever | Florence National Cemetery, Florence, South Carolina