Beaufort, South Carolina: United States Colored Troops, Beaufort National Cemetery

“1st SC Infantry of African Descent – The 1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment was raised from sea island slaves living around Port Royal. Elements of the regiment were formed on Hilton Head in May 1862. In August 1862, the regiment was reorganized near Beaufort at the Smith plantation. It…

South Carolina Cemeteries

United States Colored Troops, Beaufort National Cemetery – Beaufort County Photos: Nadia K. Orton, December 13, 2014. All rights reserved. In Memoriam: Robert Smalls, Tabernacle Baptist Church Cemetery – Beaufort County February 17, 2015 Monument inscription: “Robert Smalls, Tabernacle Baptist Church Cemetery. Beaufort, South Carolina. Epitaph: “My race needs no…

Beaufort, South Carolina: In Memoriam — Robert Smalls, Tabernacle Baptist Church Cemetery

Voices of Liberation and Freedom: The Fall of Richmond, April 3rd, 1865

Today is the 153rd anniversary of the liberation of Richmond, Virginia, by Union forces during America’s Civil War, 1861-1865. The first soldiers to enter Richmond were the “colored” regiments of the Union Army, ranks formed of free and formerly enslaved African-Americans. Our own ancestors were a part of this collective…

Richmond, Virginia: Evergreen Cemetery, funerary iconography

Funerary iconography can be defined as the identification of symbols and motifs and the interpretation of their cultural meaning. Over the last eleven years, I’ve been fortunate to visit hundreds of cemeteries in multiple states, and have been able to spot very unique headstones containing intricate icons and symbols. Sometimes,…