Memorials to United States Colored Troops: Part 7, Warren County, Mississippi

Memorials to United States Colored Troops

A photo-essay series dedicated to the United States Colored Troops, and how they were remembered in contemporary news media .

Pt. 7

Warren County, Mississippi

Vicksburg National Cemetery, Vicksburg

Vicksburg National Cemetery, ca. 1880. Library of Congress
The Daily Commercial Herald, April 9, 18911

Pvt. Israel Johnson, of Company H, 48th Regiment, U. S. Colored Infantry, was born about 1839 in Alabama. He enlisted at age twenty-four on May 20, 1863, Goodrich Landing, Louisiana. In his enlistment record, he was described as five feet, nine inches tall, with a “black” complexion, eyes, and hair. By occupation, Israel was a farmer. He mustered in on June 14, 1863, Goodrich Landing, Louisiana, and was discharged by reason of medical disability on July 21, 1864, at Vicksburg.2

In the 1880 U. S. Census, Pvt. Johnson was documented in District 075, Warren County, Mississippi. He lived alone, and was noted as a general laborer.3 Pvt. Johnson held membership in the Grand Army of the Republic, in either the E. D. Edwards Post, No. 22, or R. B. Elliott Post No. 17, the two African American posts located in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Pvt. Johnson passed away on April 7, 1891, and was interred in grave number 16626, Section T, Vicksburg National Cemetery.


Gravestone of Pvt. John Pierce, 6th Regiment, U. S. Colored Heavy Artillery. Ancestry.com

John Pierce, a well known colored man who kept an eating house on North Washington street, died suddenly at his home yesterday morning. John was a pretty good sort of darkey and his quaint sayings and droll actions will be missed by the denizens of that locality. He was a member of the colored grand army post here and will be buried with military honors in the National Cemetery. Pierce leaves a widow but no children. He had resided in this city for many years.” 4

Pvt. John Pierce, of Company L, 6th Regiment, U. S. Colored Heavy Artillery, was born about 1846 in Tensas Parish, Louisiana. He enlisted at the age of eighteen on November 20, 1864, at Natchez, Mississippi. In his enlistment record, he was described as five feet, five inches tall, with a “black” complexion, eyes, and hair. His stated occupation was “farmer.” Pvt. Pierce mustered out on May 13, 1866, at Natchez, Mississippi.5

On March 13, 1882, Pvt. Pierce married Nancy Williams in Warren County, Mississippi.6 He held membership in one of the two African American Grand Army of the Republic posts in Vicksburg, E. D. Edwards Post No. 22, or R.B. Elliott Post No. 17.

Pvt. John Pierce passed away on April 7, 1898, and was buried in grave number 16686, Section M, Vicksburg National Cemetery.


  1. The Daily Commercial Herald (Vicksburg, Miss.), 9 April 1891, p. 4, col. 1; image copy, Newspapers.com (https://newspapers.com: accessed 14 November 2019).
  2. The National Archives, “Compiled Military Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served With the United States Colored Troops Infantry Organizations, 47th through 55th,” database online, Fold3 (https://fold3.com: accessed 14 November 2019), entry for Israel Johnson, Pvt., Co. H, 48th U. S. Colored Infantry, Union.
  3. “U. S. Census 1880,” Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 14 November 2019); Warren County, Mississippi, dist. 075; p. 25; citing “Year: 1880; Census Place: Warren, Mississippi; Roll: 667; Page: 490A; Enumeration District: 075.”
  4. The Vicksburg Dispatch (Vicksburg, Miss.), 8 April 1898, p. 4, col. 1; image copy, Newspapers.com (https://newspapers.com: accessed 14 November 2019).
  5. The National Archives, “Compiled Military Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served With the United States Colored Troops, Artillery Organizations,” database online, Fold3 (https://fold3.com: accessed 14 November 2019), entry for John Pierce, Pvt., Co. L, 6th U. S. Colored Heavy Artillery, Union.
  6. Warren County, Mississippi, Colored Marriage Record, Vol. 4, 1882-1887, John Pierce-Nancy Williams, 13 March 1882; image, “Mississippi Marriages, 1800-1911,” FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 14 November 2019)

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