Suffolk, Virginia: United States Colored Troops of Oak Lawn Cemetery (est. 1885)

(Originally posted on The Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation)

Unidentified African American soldier in Union cavalry uniform with cavalry saber. Library of Congress.

Private Moses Randall – Company A, 38th Regiment, U. S. Colored Infantry

Pvt. Moses Randall Copyright 2014 Nadia Orton
Pvt. Moses Randall, Co. A, 38th U. S Colored Infantry. Photo: Nadia K. Orton, 2014. All rights reserved.
  • Born about 1832, Nansemond County, Virginia
  • Enlistment: January 5, 1864, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Muster: January 23, 1864, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Discharge: January 25, 1867, Indianola, Texas
  • Spouse: Ann Eliza Randall

Sergeant Charles Colding – Company A, 1st Regiment, U. S. Colored Cavalry

Sgt. Charles Colding, Co. A, 1st U. S. Colored Cavalry. Photo: Nadia K. Orton, 2013. All rights reserved.
  • Born about 1836, Suffolk, Virginia
  • Enlistment: December 13, 1863, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Muster: December 22, 1863, Camp Hamilton, Hampton, Virginia
  • Discharge: February 4, 1866, Brazos Santiago, Texas
  • Death: October 22, 1892, Suffolk, Virginia

Corporal Henry Johnson – Company B, 2nd Regiment, U. S. Colored Cavalry

Cpl. Henry Johnson, Co. B, 2nd U. S. Colored Cavalry. Photo: Nadia K. Orton, 2013. All rights reserved.
  • Born about 1845, Suffolk, Virginia
  • Enlistment: January 1, 1864, Fort Monroe, Hampton, Virginia
  • Muster: January 11, 1864, Fort Monroe, Hampton, Virginia
  • In action at Suffolk, Virginia, March 9, 1864; Drewry’s Bluff, May 16, 1864
  • Discharge: February 12, 1866, Brazos Santiago, Texas
  • Death: May 24, 1902, Suffolk, Virginia
  • Spouse: Hannah Johnson

Private Redmond Parker – Company E, 1st Regiment, U. S. Colored Cavalry

Pvt. Redmond Parker, Co. E, 1st U. S. Colored Cavalry. Photo: Nadia K. Orton, 2011. All rights reserved.
  • Born about 1843, Hertford County, North Carolina
  • Enlistment: December 12, 1863, Fort Monroe, Hampton, Virginia
  • Muster: December 22, 1863, Camp Hamilton, Hampton, Virginia
  • Discharge: February 4, 1866, Brazos Santiago, Texas
  • Death: December 29, 1913
  • Spouse: Viney Parker

Private Lamb Jackson – Company E, 2nd Regiment, U. S. Colored Cavalry

Pvt. Lamb (Samuel) Jackson, Co. E, 2nd U. S. Colored Cavalry. Photo: Nadia K. Orton, 2013. All rights reserved.
  • Born about 1841, Suffolk, Virginia
  • Enlistment: January 1, 1864, Fort Monroe, Hampton, Virginia
  • Muster: January 11, 1864, Fort Monroe, Hampton, Virginia
  • Discharge: February 12, 1866, Brazos Santiago, Texas
  • Spouse: Viney Jackson

Corporal Alexander Sheppard – Company D, 2nd Regiment, U. S. Colored Cavalry

Cpl. Alexander Sheppard, Co. D, 2nd U. S. Colored Cavalry. Photo: Nadia K. Orton, 2013. All rights reserved.
  • Born about 1842, Craven County, North Carolina
  • Enlistment: December 24, 1863, Fort Monroe, Hampton, Virginia
  • Muster: December 24, 1863, Fort Monroe, Hampton, Virginia
  • In action at Suffolk, Virginia, March 9, 1864; James Bridge, May 6, 1864; Petersburg, Virginia, May-June, 1864
  • Discharge: February 12, 1866, Brazos Santiago, Texas
  • Death: August 26, 1918
  • Spouse: Anna Sheppard

Sources

  • Unidentified African American soldier in Union cavalry uniform with cavalry saber in front of painted backdrop showing landscape. United States, None. [Between 1863 and 1865] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2010648916/
  • Civil War service records, Fold3
  • Virginia marriage records, Suffolk, Virginia Circuit Court; Ancestry.com
  • Death records, Library of Virginia; Ancestry.com

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