Black Southern Unionist… Union soldier… is recognized in Alabama

Kevin Levin got the jump on me :-) but it’s o.k…. hat-tip to him (see Kevin’s post it here) about the story of Amos McKinney (1st Alabama Cavalry, USA) receiving a headstone recognizing his service.

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3 Responses to “Black Southern Unionist… Union soldier… is recognized in Alabama”

  1. I ordered Amos McKinney’s Pension records, found out where he was buried and ordered a tombstone for him. There were 16 Black Union soldiers who belonged to the 1st Alabama Cavalry, USV, and were Teamsters, Wagon Masters, Undercooks, etc. There was another ceremony honoring Simon West, who is buried in Cleveland, Ohio. There will be one in Huntsville, AL sometime in Sep. or Oct. for John Read-Porter who is buried there, according to his pension records.
    There is a list of soldiers who belonged to the 1st AL Cav. USV on-line at:
    http://www.1stalabamacavalryusv.com/roster/default.asp if anyone cares to look at it. There is info about the ceremony in Decatur, AL for McKinney and the one in Cleveland, OH for West, if anyone cares to look at them. Every person I could find from the ten rolls of microfilm I purchased from the National Archives, who served in this regiment are on the website with all known information, pictures of them and their tombstones when we have them.
    For anyone interested in knowing why these southerners fought for the Union, they stated their ancestors came to this country looking for a place to worship as they pleased and this country embraced them and allowed them to do that. They also stated their ancestors helped form this country and fought for it during the Revolutionary War and they were not about to turn their backs on the same country and would absolutely not fire on “Old Glory”, the Flag of their forefathers.

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